Tropical air brings sprinkles to Merced County

slynch@mercedsunstar.comJuly 23, 2013 

Monsoonal moisture provided a brief reprieve from the weekend's elevated temperatures in Merced on Monday.

Light rainfall was reported in some parts of the city Monday evening, with lower temperatures during the day for much of the region.

National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Ochs said an upper low-pressure system moved along the coast providing some cloud cover and a chance of thunderstorms. The result was temperatures in the high 70s to low 90s for most on Monday.

Ochs said the dip in temperatures will be short lived, with just a little bit of cloud cover expected to remain today and hot, clear weather expected for the rest of the week.

"The low is moving north and so (today's) probably going to be more of a transitional day," Ochs said. "From Wednesday forward it's going to be much more of a traditional summer pattern."

The National Weather Service is forecasting a high of 96 today and for temperatures to rise back into triple digits by Thursday and Friday.

Dispersed lightning and weak showers were reported throughout the valley, according to the National Weather Service.

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