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Los Angeles County to experience clouds, rain, and colder weather this week

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After several days of sunshine, a change in weather is on the horizon for residents of Los Angeles County this week. The forecast calls for clouds, rain, and colder temperatures in the area.

Meteorologist Mike Wofford from the National Weather Service predicts that there will be mostly cloudy skies with light rain expected throughout the week. There is a chance of rain starting late Monday and continuing into early Tuesday, although the showers are only expected to bring a quarter of an inch or less of precipitation.

Wofford reassures the public that this upcoming storm will be weaker compared to recent storms and shouldn’t have any significant impacts. Temperatures are forecasted to range from the high 50s to the high 60s for most of the week.

Wednesday and Thursday are expected to have some sunny intervals before a stronger storm system arrives on Friday. As the weekend approaches, temperatures are expected to drop into the 50s with a 40% chance of rain on Saturday across Los Angeles County.

Concerns about landslides are on the radar, particularly in areas like the Santa Monica Mountains, Hollywood Hills, and Palos Verdes hillsides. Although the risk is present, Wofford mentions that it won’t be as severe as earlier this month when the region was hit by monster storms.

This article highlights the upcoming change in weather patterns for L.A. County, providing valuable information for residents to prepare for the upcoming rain and colder temperatures. Stay informed and stay safe during this weather transition!

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It is a rare thing in our rapidly secularizing country to be confronted with piety and devotion in popular culture. So it was a surprise, and a balm, to watch a man who prays daily and talks openly about his devout faith storm a bastion of earthly godlessness: “Saturday Night Live.”

I am referring, of course, to the comedian Ramy Youssef, who hosted the show on what he described in his opening monologue as “an incredibly spiritual weekend,” noting Ramadan, Easter and the arrival of a new Beyoncé album.

“I’m doing the Ramadan one,” he quipped, to peals of laughter, unspooling a very funny bit about how loving Muslims are. Youssef has mined his experience as a believer among the profane in gentle standup specials and a namesake sitcom. His entire monologue glowed with a welcoming warmth — Muslims, he seemed to say: We’re just like you.

In a country that is supposedly obsessed with diversity and inclusion, it is remarkable how rare it is to hear from a practicing Muslim in America.

Surveys by the Institute for Policy and Understanding, a nonpartisan research organization focused on Muslim Americans, have consistently found that Muslims are the most likely group to report religious discrimination in the United States. According to a Pew survey conducted in 2021, 78 percent of Americans said that there was either a lot or some discrimination against Muslims in our society. Muslims are no more likely to commit crimes than members of any other group, but crimes in which Muslims are suspects get outsized media coverage, research has shown.

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It is no surprise, then, that Islamophobia is perhaps the most tolerated form of religious prejudice. Right now, Senate Republicans appear to have persuaded several Senate Democrats to vote against a Muslim judicial nominee after smearing him, with no evidence at all, as an antisemite.

Many of the skits that toyed with religion on “S.N.L.” on Saturday were funny — Ozempic for Ramadan! Genius. But part of me winced through them as well, because I saw in Youssef something that other members of minority groups have had to do to “earn” their place in the safety of the mainstream: the performance of normalcy, of being nonthreatening and sweet, the requirement to prove that your community belongs in America just like everyone else’s.

I loved Youssef’s monologue, in which he bravely pleaded, “Please, free the people of Palestine. And please, free the hostages. All of the hostages.”

“I am out of ideas,” Youssef declared toward the end of his monologue. “All I have is prayers.”

To which this nonbeliever can only say: Same, Ramy. Same.

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