After Record Heat, Rain Is Possible
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After Record Heat, Rain Is Possible

So far spring has brought us multiple storms, record heat and, of course, little evidence that "Godzilla El Niño," as predicted by other news organizations in town, would bring us a historic, last-minute deluge.

After LAX on Monday achieved its highest temperature ever recorded for yesterday's date — 83 — federal forecasters are calling for a cooldown and even, possibly, rain by the weekend.

Private forecaster AccuWeather says Coachella-goers in Indio could face the possibility of showers Saturday.

"People headed to Coachella over the weekend can expect widely dry weather," AccuWeather states. "Depending on the track of the storm, some light rain may move over the festival on Saturday. Regardless of the track of the system, those attending Coachella can expect dry weather for Sunday."

The National Weather Service in San Diego, which handles federal forecasting for Indio, isn't as confident about possible rain during Coachella's second weekend.

In fact, it says the weather there will be "partly cloudy," with highs of 81, 82 and 87 Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. There's no mention of rain.

The Los Angeles forecast calls for an onshore flow that will push cooler, ocean-influenced air through the basin starting Wednesday. Coastal fog was possible. The NWS said in a statement, "Significant cooling [is] expected Thursday through this weekend."

Rain?

A "weak" storm system will bring us a chance of showers Friday, the NWS stated. Most of the precipitation would happen north of Point Conception, however, federal forecasters said.

"Amounts should be on the light side but pretty variable, as it will be more showery in nature," the weather service stated. "Precipitation threat to end early Saturday morning with dry weather expected to last through early next week."

Should you bring your umbrellas to Coachella? Maybe. Just in case.

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