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Even rain can't dampen the hot weather

Unseasonal wet front sweeps through town

Posted: September 29, 2008 8:25 p.m.
Updated: December 1, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Clouds hang over Santa Clarita Valley Monday, in this photo looking towards Valencia and Canyon Country from The Old Road just south of McBean Parkway.


The trace amounts of rain that fell on the Santa Clarita Valley made for a surprisingly steamy Monday, a National Weather Service official said.

Early morning showers peppered the Santa Clarita Valley but the rain did little to curb the hot weather, said Bonnie Bartling, weather specialist. The high pressure system parked over Santa Clarita and winds from the desert all contribute to the recent hot temperatures, she said. Highs during the last week were stuck in the upper 90s and cracked 100 degrees twice.

The morning precipitation and the lingering cloud deck made for a hot and muggy day, but hot weather this late in September is not unusual, Bartling said. Historically highs are in the 90s in September.

"It may be fall, but that doesn't mean the hot weather is behind us," she said.

Attendance is up at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, said Brad Berens, executive director. He isn't sure if it's the weather or the economy that is bringing seniors to the center. Berens encourages seniors to take advantage of the air conditioned facility on hot days.

"They shouldn't sit in their homes without the air conditioning to save money," he said. If older people must chose between running the air conditioning or bearing the heat, Berens said to contact the Senior Center. A senior citizen utility assistance program is available through the Senior Center, he said.

The hot temperatures aren't hanging around for long, Bartling said.

A trough off the coast is moving in Wednesday evening, bringing cooler weather on Thursday, she said. Temperatures will hover in the mid 80s with less humidity, she said.

"The decreased humidity will feel better," she said.


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