Summer Showers Delight L.A. Residents

There's still a slight chance of rain and thunderstorms across the coast and valleys Friday morning.

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

Joanna @bookgirl01

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.


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