New flash flood watches have been issued for much of southern and central California, including many wildfire-scarred areas that are ripe for mudslides.

The National Weather Service says a strong monsoonal surge is bringing large amounts of moisture Sunday to the mountains and deserts in Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Kern and Tulare counties.

The biggest potential for flooding is in the Antelope Valley area.

Any flooding in recent burn areas could mean significant sliding of mud and debris.

The flash flood watches are in effect until late Sunday night.

A flash flood watch means flooding is possible. It falls short of a flash flood warning, which means flooding is imminent or already happening.