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A photo submitted by a KTLA viewer shows a rainy day in West Hollywood in January 2016.

As quickly as Southern Californians whipped out sunblock when temperatures soared into the 90s Monday, forecasters said it’s time to dust off the umbrellas because rain is moving into the area by late Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says to expect big weather changes this week, mostly brought on by a south-moving low-pressure system. But ahead of the dramatic change, a finale of sorts took place Tuesday with hot, dry weather shattering heat records across Southern California.

It reached 88 degrees at UCLA and Camarillo, beating each area’s records of 84 and 86 degrees, respectively, officials said. It was 87 degrees at Los Angeles International Aiport by the afternoon, breaking its old record of 84 degrees, forecasters said.

Downtown, the thermometer hit 89 degrees, breaking its record of 88 degrees set in 1977, the weather service said. Santa Barbara also broke a heat record for the day.

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