The Southern California region could get some much-needed rain on Wednesday, with showers expected by the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

There is also a slight chance of thunderstorms between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., with a high temperature of 61 degrees.

The storm will pass quickly, with clearing expected by late evening and sunny or partly cloudy skies expected Thursday and Friday.

Another slight chance of rain will come on Saturday, with temperatures again dipping into the low 60s, the National Weather Service said.

Long Beach has so far received just about 3 inches of rain since Oct. 1, the beginning of the rain season. That is 32% of normal for this time of year.

The National Weather Service reported earlier that for only the eighth time in more than 140 years of record-keeping, Downtown Los Angeles receive no rain in February, typically the wettest month of the year.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor map published last week, much of Los Angeles County appeared to be in “moderate drought.”

City News Service contributed to this report.