Monsoonal moisture brought warm, muggy weather and even some scattered showers to parts of Los Angeles Thursday.
Only a few hundredths of an inch of rain fell in most places, including at the Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles International Airport and Hollywood Bowl, National Weather Service meteorologists said.
There's a slight chance of rain and thunderstorms early Friday morning, then a cooling trend will begin over the weekend, according to the Weather Service.
Forecasters said to expect temperatures a bit below normal early next week "as a trough of low pressure becomes established over the West Coast."
On Twitter, some residents relished and also poked fun at the change of weather:
Jason Rohrer @RohrerWrites
Rain in Los Angeles is socks at Christmas - defeats the purpose of the exercise.
Kajon Cermak @KajonKCRW
I love, *breathing in deeply*, the smell of wet pavement from a summer rain....
Amy Mousepants @politicsofamy
I know. I love it! RT @exposeliberals: wow starting to rain. Never rains in L.A. in July
Summer rain shower, with a thunderstorm promised for tomorrow. I could get used to this.
The Weather Services had issued a special weather statement for possible thunderstorms Thursday for the county's local coastal areas.
These "somewhat rare" summertime nocturnal thunderstorms result from a combination of upper level disturbance moving over coastal waters, as well as plenty of mid level monsoonal moisture and an unstable atmosphere, meteorologists said.