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Showers, lightning hit Big Bear area; hot and humid in Inland valleys

By in Press Enterprise on July 16, 2017

By Nikie Johnson

As storm activity developed Sunday afternoon over the San Bernardino Mountains, a pair of thunderstorms near Big Bear Lake were producing “sporadic” cloud-to-ground lightning, according to the National Weather Service.

As the storms began cropping up about 12:45 p.m., the Weather Service tweeted that significant rainfall wasn’t expected. By 2 p.m., the agency’s rain gauges in the mountains had not recorded any measurable precipitation.

In the Inland valleys, forecasters don’t see a chance for precipitation Sunday — just hot and humid weather, with temperatures hitting 95 to 102 degrees across the region and winds from the southwest gusting up to 25 mph in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

A pair of thunderstorms near Big Bear Lake producing sporadic cloud to ground lightning. #cawx #BigBearLake

— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) July 16, 2017

Showers forming near Big Bear, Significant rainfall not expected, but there may be a few wet windshields out there this afternoon. #cawx

— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) July 16, 2017

In the mountains and deserts, there is a slight chance for afternoon and early-evening thunderstorms Sunday and Monday. Humidity levels and the chance for rainfall will increase Tuesday and Wednesday, the Weather Service is predicting.

Some showers could also reach the valleys Wednesday; forecasters currently put the odds at about 20 percent.

Things should dry out again later in the week and the chance for thunderstorms will go back down.

Temperatures will stay in the 90s in the valleys all week but could approach 100 again by next weekend, the Weather Service says.

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