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Surprise, surprise: Another record high temp in LA Monday (but rain is on the way!)

Now is the time to try this.
Now is the time to try this.
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Scorching weather continued in the Southland Monday, setting a record high temperature of 91 degrees at LAX. The last time it was this hot on October 12 in L.A. was in 1950, according to the National Weather Service.

Record high heat

Downtown Los Angeles saw the longest stretch of triple digit heat in more than 25 years, the NWS reported Sunday. The high temperature at USC was 100 degrees for three days in a row. 

The forecast shows temps as low as 80 degrees Friday and through the weekend in downtown Los Angeles. But it may not feel like it's actually cooling down, says Bonnie Bartling with the National Weather Service. She says a new pressure system is expected to bring rainy weather to the mountains and humidity to L.A. 

"Even though the temperatures are getting cooler, you're gonna have a little bit more moisture, so with the humidity it may not seem that much cooler," she said.

A slight chance of thunderstorms is expected Wednesday and Thursday. Showers could continue through the weekend. 

And for those looking to beat the heat by hitting the waves, there's a beach hazard warning in effect along the L.A. County coast Monday. That means strong currents and dangerous rip tides. L.A. lifeguards said Monday morning that they had rescued more than 600 beachgoers since Saturday.