LOS ANGELES COUNTY - Sunny skies are expected to continue Monday, but cooler temperatures will return to the Southland by mid week with a chance of rain by Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

High temperatures in Los Angles County and the Inland Empire were expected to reach the lower- to mid-70s Monday, but a gradual cooling trend will take over Tuesday and last through the weekend, NWS Meteorologist Ryan Kittell said.

"By the time we get to Tuesday and Wednesday, we'll be back down into the 60s, then really cool off Thursday and Friday," he said. High-temperatures will likely drop into the upper-50s and lower-60s Friday, and remain there through the weekend.

The weak storm system making it's way toward Southern California will produce a 30 percent chance of rain Friday, which should clear by Saturday afternoon, Kittell said.

"The pattern isn't most conducive for rain to our area," he said. Areas to the north, such as Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, as well as areas to the south, such as southern Orange County and San Diego County, will see a greater chance of precipitation.

In Los Angeles County, "If it does rain, it's not going to be very heavy - just some showers, if it does materialize."

Overnight temperatures are expected to drop even lower once the storm has passed Saturday and Sunday nights, pushing low temperatures down into the 30s, according to the NWS.


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