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Storm brings light rain, cooler weather to valley

Even though most of the Las Vegas Valley woke up to rain, the city has steered clear of damage, the National Weather Service said Saturday afternoon.

But the storm brought something nice with it — a cooldown.

Temperatures were forecast to reach 100 degrees, but they dipped to 80 degrees when it started raining and were struggling to make it past the mid-80s, meteorologist Chad Shafer said.

A 60 percent chance of precipitation remains for the valley into the evening, Shafer said. The flash flood watch issued early Saturday expires at 11 p.m.

A flood watch means that conditions are just right for heavy rainfall, according to the Weather Service.

Most of the valley received rain, but the west and northwest valley were the most affected, leading the Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning that has since expired, Shafer said. Floyd Lamb State Park and the Corn Creek Visitor Center northwest of town received three-fourths of an inch of rain in a 30-minute period Saturday morning.

A flood warning means that heavy rainfall is imminent.

The isolated showers are typical for monsoonal conditions, Pullin said. Moisture gathers over the area and combines with daytime heat to produce stormy conditions.

Lows overnight should dip to about 81, Pullin said.

Sunday will see the beginning of a drying-out trend.

Any chance for rain will be mainly to the north and west of Las Vegas. Highs are expected to climb to 103 during the day before they fall back down to 81 at night.

Monday is expected to be sunny and warm with high temperatures reaching about 106 and nighttime lows in the mid-80s.

Review-Journal writer Ricardo Torres contributed to this report. Contact Kimber Laux at klaux@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Follow @lauxkimber on Twitter.

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