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Afternoon thunderstorms expected in the mountains; showers possible tomorrow in valleys

By in Press Enterprise on July 17, 2017

By Ali Tadayon

Thunderstorms that could produce lightning are expected Monday afternoon in the Big Bear area, meteorologists say.

The thunderstorms, which could last into the evening, are expected to be “more widespread” than they were in the area Sunday afternoon, said National Weather Service meteorologist Brett Albright.

Though clouds may drift over the rest of the Inland Empire, the storms are expected to stay in the mountains.

A similar weather pattern is expected Tuesday, Albright said, but with an increased chance of light showers.

“It’s mainly a mountain thing, but a few light sprinkles may drift into the Inland Empire,” Albright said. There’s a 20 percent chance of measurable precipitation in the valleys Tuesday and Wednesday.

Summer thunderstorms that produce lightning always increase the risk of wildfires, Albright said, especially if little to no precipitation accompanies them.

Temperatures, meanwhile, are expected to be in the 90s across the valleys most of the week, and could reach triple digits Friday and over the weekend in some spots.

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