LOS ANGELES — Months of withering weather could be coming to an end in Southern California.

The National Weather Service says widespread rain is expected Monday into Wednesday, with possible downpours and debris flows in recent wildfire burn areas.

Recent rain so far along the California coast has generally come no farther south than Point Conception on the Santa Barbara County coast.

But forecasters said Southern California should get its first major rainfall of the season next week, starting on the Central Coast Monday morning and then moving into Ventura and Los Angeles counties in the afternoon.

Peak rainfall rates will range from a half-inch (1.27 centimeters) to 1 inch (2.54 centimeters) per hour. The weather service says that’s likely to create debris flows in burn areas such as the huge Thomas Fire.

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