Days of historic heat in southern California came to a spectacular end on Wednesday with thunderstorms, lightening and huge rainbow. Rain fell steadily in downtown Los Angeles yesterday afternoon as dramatic storm clouds formed over the region, only two days after the highest ever temperatures were recorded. At the start of the week thermometers hit an astonishing 113F (45C) - beating the previous record set 20 years ago.
Spectacular: A rainbow and bolts of lightening were seen over the Hollywood sign as days of historic heat in Southern California came to an end
Unique weather: A monsoon storm made its way through the Hollywood hills area bringing rain, lighting and rainbows
The National Weather Service in the U.S. said the humid conditions would now continue in the region until at least Friday, with the storms increasing the threat of wildfires. Local residents took to Twitter on Wednesday to post their own pictures of the spectacular weather, including a double rainbow over West Hollywood.
Showers and thunderstorms have been reported in parts of northern Los Angeles and San Bernardino during the last 24 hours as temperatures dropped by some ten degrees on Wednesday, with highs of 92F recorded. Forecasters said they had predicted the dramatic change in weather as subtropical air pushed into the region.
End of the world? The intense heat made way to thunderstorms and lightening on Wednesday
What a difference a day makes: The amazing weather is expected to continue until the weekend
Local residents took to Twitter to post their own pictures of the the amazing skyline
'Today [Wednesday] went pretty much as planned,’ said Southern California Weather Authority Meteorologist Kevin Martin. 'Today was well forecasted by our Special Weather Statement that was issued on Monday'. Some superstitious local residents though have begun speculating that the spectacular weather may in fact signal something more sinister. Enrique Santana is quoted by local news station KABC as saying: ‘It's very strange for me - 113-degree weather - it makes you think of 2012 [predicted by some to the date the World will come to an end].’ On Monday thousands of people sought refuge from the incredible heat, with the city of Los Angeles urging people to use parks and recreation facilities, senior centres and libraries as cooling centres. The blast of intense heat followed an unusually cool summer that often found beaches covered in overcast and whipped by chilly winds. The above-average temperatures in the region are expected to continue until Saturday and will then fall to lower than normal next week.