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Advisory: Winter winds through Wednesday, cold continues

WINDY WINDS WEATHER VANE

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The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory — winds of 35 mph or greater — for Los Angeles and other areas in the region beginning Tuesday night and continuing into Wednesday. The strongest gusts are expected over L.A. and Ventura counties.

A cold low pressure system is expected to move through the area Tuesday and into Northern Baja by Wednesday. Some of the interior valleys may experience another night of sub-freezing temperatures and patchy frost.

Use caution while driving; gusty cross winds could create hazardous road conditions, especially for high profile vehicles.

7-DAY FORECAST (Los Angeles)

  • New Year's Day: Sunny, with a high near 63. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph.
  • Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 45. East southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northeast in the evening.
  • Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 67. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
  • Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 45. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the evening.
  • Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 68. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.
  • Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 47.
  • Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.
  • Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.
  • Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.
  • Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.
  • Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.
  • Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.
  • Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.

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High surf, bye sun: LA weather calls for clouds, cold, wind, rain

High Surf Warnings Issued For Southern California

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The National Weather Service forecasts a mid-week faceoff with a strong Pacific cold front that has Southern California coastlines on alert.

Cold, wind, rain, and hazardous surf and swell conditions are expected starting Wednesday Nov. 28. There is "dangerous rip current potential" for anyone entering the water late Wednesday through the weekend, according to the NWS. The highest surf is expected Thursday afternoon through Friday. 

The system's cold front is expected to blow into San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties early Wednesday, with gusty wind and rain fanning out through Ventura County before traveling to Los Angeles County by mid-day/early evening. The rain is expected to taper off through Thursday with a chance of showers through the weekend as another cold front enters the region.

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Power rangers: 'Flex Alert' declared to plug energy drain in California

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With the San Onofre nuclear plant on a government mandated time out, a "Flex Alert" has been issued by the managers of California's power grid in an attempt to keep state energy reserves from falling to the point of a Stage 1 Emergency.

On Thursday, California Independent System Operator declared the call for conservation to go into effect Friday through Sunday as the revenge of summer continues. The National Weather Service has warned valley and inland areas to prepare for unwelcomed humidity as the muggy insult to triple-digit-temp injury. 

Around Southern California, cooling centers can be found in Los Angeles CountyVentura CountyRiverside CountySan Bernardino County and by using the Southern California Edison cooling center locator map.

LADWP/EDISON ENERGY CONSERVATION TIPS

  • set thermostats no cooler than 78 degrees
  • limit large appliance use during peak hours (washing machines, dishwashers)
  • keep drapes and blinds closed to cool off rooms
  • ventilate homes at night and in the early a.m. to allow cool air to circulate
  • limit opening the refrigerator
  • turn off unnecessary lights
  • use ceiling fans or smaller fans instead of air conditioners

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Revenge of summer: Cooling centers open late, conservation urged

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Overcompensating for the relatively mild June and July, August is continuing its heat assault with temperatures registering monstrous numbers like 118 degrees in some of the region's valley and inland areas.

Southern California Edison, serving an area of nearly 14 million people, is spreading a message of electricity conservation while also readying the number of crews available to respond to possible power outages.

The company said earlier on Wednesday that high electricity use — particularly from air conditioners — was straining distribution equipment, but no power outages had been reported.

Local officials have been preparing for months to handle tight power supplies in light of the tubular trouble at San Onofre nuclear plant that caused a full facility shut down.

Officials at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are also dripping with conservation messages in an effort to prevent strain on the power grid. Earlier Wednesday the utility reported outages in Chatsworth and Harbor City.

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'Oppressive conditions' as LA basin boils in triple digit temperatures

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This is not the week to take up running in the Valley.

With triple-digit temperatures forecast through Friday across the region, public health officials have issued a heat advisory for parts of Los Angeles County, and the National Weather Service forecasts "excessive heat" and "oppressive conditions" in and around the San Fernando, San Gabriel, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys. 

Officials are urging everyone to wear light, loose clothing, drink plenty of water, check on friends and neighbors and stay out of the sun as much as possible.

Prolonged hot temperatures can create potentially dangerous heat-illness situations. People without air-conditioning are advised to visit public facilities, and warned against leaving kids, elderly folks and pets unattended in vehicles, as temperatures inside cars can quickly rise to life-threatening levels, even with windows cracked.

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