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First Alert Weather Alert: Monsoonal thunderstorms through this evening

The First Alert Weather Team has issued a First Alert Weather Alert today. Monsoonal moisture moved into Southern California overnight bringing the chance for thunderstorms for the first time this season.

This morning thunderstorms were widespread across the region, particularly in an arc from LA to Bakersfield. Rainfall has been light, but there have been frequent lightning strikes. Dew points were quick to rise into the 50s, creating a humid environment as it was time to head out the door.

With the extra moisture in place, light and scattered showers were present in the early morning hours, mainly over the High Desert. More thunderstorms began to develop with the afternoon heat. Storms developed over local mountains, bringing some rain to the Coachella Valley.

While it will be a humid couple of days, the threat of dry thunderstorms exists. This is a concern as lightning strikes could lead to wildfires. Moisture in the atmosphere will linger into Thursday, bringing another opportunity for rain in the desert. Isolated storms are probable in the afternoon. Winds will become breezy through the evening hours.

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Haley Clawson

Patrick Evans

Patrick Evans is the News Channel 3’s morning and noon meteorologist, and Host of Eye on the Desert, and also hosts afternoon drive on CV 104.3 FM from 2 pm – 6 pm. Learn more about Patrick here.

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