Heavy marine layer turns Southern California damp

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Southern California is socked in under a deep marine layer.

Fog, drizzle and some rain have turned the region very damp Thursday morning under what the National Weather Service says is a typical June cloud pattern over the coasts and valleys.

Forecasters say clearing will be very slow, with valleys not beginning to see sunshine until late morning and the coasts until afternoon, if at all.

On Friday, there will be a chance of thunderstorms and showers in the deserts and mountains from Santa Barbara southward, before drying sets in on the weekend.

Los Angeles remains below normal annual rainfall but the moist trend follows a damp May that saw almost an inch of rain fall downtown.

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