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    Los Angeles: Drought Concerns Persist; Surf to Build

    By By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    August 25, 2014, 6:16:06 AM EDT

    Los Angeles will have skies filled with midday and afternoon sunshine over the next several days and elevated, turbulent surf.

    There is a chance of spotty thunderstorms, however, as activity in the Pacific continues.

    Morning low clouds produced by the marine influence will burn off by midday each day through early next week.

    Highs will be in the low 80s.

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    Coastal areas will be slightly cooler, while inland areas will be much hotter, typical for this time of the year. Overnight temperatures will stay near the 65 F mark.


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    The National Weather Service in Los Angeles released a rip current warning early on Thursday, Aug. 21, noting that elevated surf as high as eight feet could hit south facing beaches into Sunday.

    By midweek, as Hurricane Marie strengthens, rough surf could affect the beaches of Los Angeles.

    Those hoping to spend time at area beaches should listen to officials and heed warnings of dangerous conditions.

    It is possible that some moisture in the form of more robust showers and thunderstorms may be briefly pumped in across the interior Southwest states.

    According to the California Drought Monitor, nearly 60 percent of the state is classified in exceptional drought, the highest drought category.

    "The amount of rainfall departures since July 1, 2001, is greater than an entire year's worth of rain in some locations," Clark said.

    Looking ahead into next week, the consistent sunshine will persist, but temperatures will start to cool off near midweek.

    AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski contributed content to this story.

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