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Rain, Lightning Roll Through San Diego


Rain, rain, please don't go away.

Stuck in a drought, San Diego County residents woke Friday morning to the rare sound of rain and thunder. And there was lightning, too. But it's not going to stick around.

"There's a weak line of showers extending from San Diego northeast into southern Nevada," National Weather Service forecaster Mike Watkins said. "It's going to continue northward and out of the area. There will be isolated thunderstorms and spots of light isolated showers."

Before 8 a.m., heavy rain, thunder and lightning were reported in El Cajon, La Mesa and Spring Valley. The weather service recorded small amounts at Gillespie Field (0.16 of an inch) and at Ramona (0.15 of an inch) and Rancho Santa Fe (0.19 of an inch).

No rain fell at the official San Diego weather station at Lindbergh Field. The last time Lindbergh Field reported rain was April 26, when 0.16 of an inch was measured.

A few spots in the South County where the storm cells were sticking around could get up to a half-inch of rain, forecasters said. Friday's forecast also called for a slight chance of thunderstorms in the mountains in the afternoon and early evening.

And even though parts of the county were seeing cooler weather Friday, temperatures in the triple digits were again expected in the deserts, where highs of 106 to 112 were predicted.

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