Rare Rainfall Prompts Health Advisory for L.A. County Beaches

No, those wet droplets grazing your window Monday night were not a figment of your imagination. Parts of the Southland were indeed hit by rain this week, breaking at least two daily rainfall records, according to the National Weather Service.

Unfortunately, the sudden precipitation has prompted a health advisory for all Los Angeles County beaches. It will stay in place until 7 a.m. Friday.

“There is a possibility bacterium or chemicals from debris and trash could contaminate the water near and around discharge sites, and individuals who enter the water in these areas could become ill,” the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said in a statement. As such, officials are warning would-be swimmers to avoid water near storm drains and rivers that empty into the ocean due to potential runoff.

Don’t expect the rainfall or advisories to last. Weather experts say the recent precipitation was just the tail end of a low-pressure system moving eastward. By Wednesday, they expect temperatures to tick back up above normal. And by the weekend, So Cal residents should be drenched in sweat once again.

Read more about the recent rainfall and subsequent health advisory here.

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