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Advisory: Winter winds through Wednesday, cold continues


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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.


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.


Santa Ana winds bring fire danger to Southern California


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The Santa Ana winds, which blow through in the fall, bring high fire danger because their powerful gusts can whip flames into infernos.

Low humidity and high temperatures accompanied by a seasonal blast of Santa Ana winds have been keeping Southern California fire agencies on alert.

The National Weather Service said dry, gusty winds would continue Saturday before dying down towards the end of the weekend.

Firefighters moved quickly Friday to control small brush fires across the region.

A blaze that burned through patchy brush in the Fontana area below the Cajon Pass was held to about 10 to 15 acres, said San Bernardino County fire spokesman Eric Sherwin. More than 150 firefighters were brought in from many agencies. No structures were damaged.

Division Chief John Salvate said there had been concerns the fire could reach some homes due to sustained winds of 25 mph and 35 mph and gusts of up to 50 mph earlier in the day.

In Los Angeles County, firefighters held a fire to 1 acre along a road in the Santa Monica Mountains near Malibu.
Crews successfully contained a slow-moving brush fire that spread over about 2.5 acres on a hillside in eastern San Diego County.

The Santa Ana winds, which blow through in the fall, bring high fire danger because their powerful gusts can whip flames into infernos. The Santa Anas have been involved in many of Southern California's most destructive wildfires.

The winds are spawned by surface high pressure over the interior of the West that sends a cold, dry air mass toward Southern California. The air then warms and speeds up as it descends through mountain passes and canyons and rushes toward the coast and offshore.

Forecasters said the high pressure will slowly weaken through Sunday, gradually reducing wind speeds. A high wind warning was reduced to an advisory, but forecasters said there was a slight chance of an isolated gust to 58 mph or greater in some passes and canyons.

A 66 mph gust was reported before dawn Friday, the weather service said.

State and local fire agencies had prepared for Thursday's arrival of the wind event by staffing additional fire engines and positioning them in strategic locations.

With the improving outlook, Los Angeles city and county deactivated their emergency operations centers but were continuing to monitor the situation, the county Office of Emergency Management said in a statement.


Weak Santa Ana event creates hot temps around LA

Beverly Hills Hotel

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If you can find a pool like this one at the Beverly Hills Hotel, you may want to use it as triple-digit heat is predicted to return to Southern California.

The weekend heat will build today and Sunday around Los Angeles, according to the National Weather Service. Monday the Southland should expect near-record high temperatures due to conditions that are caused by a "weak Santa Ana event".

An upper level high pressure system will build across California tomorrow through Tuesday bringing hot and dry conditions to much of Southern California.

Valley residents should expect temperatures to soar into the triple digits Sunday the NWS predicts.

Fire danger will increase across our area on Sunday and peak early next week when hot temps will be mixed with dry conditions. A fire weather watch is in effect for Monday and Tuesday across the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties as they will have a potential for offshore wind gusts of between 20 and 30 miles per hour. 


LA Heat: Burbank, Fullerton, DTLA, Chino, Riverside, San Diego all over 100 degrees

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Found this great pool in Ventura: it was 10 degrees cooler than the 102 in Oak Park, Joel Goldes said.

Norm Fraijo

A two-year-old Irish Terrier named Rory keeping cool in Dana Point.

It was a cool 92 degrees at 2 p.m. Saturday in Santa Monica.


Compared to San Diego, sure. Residents of the 619 kept it classy despite temps hitting 104 this afternoon.

Indeed, triple-digit heat was the trend around Southern California on a rare day where it was the same temperature in Palm Springs (101 degrees) as it was in Burbank.

In Downtown L.A. it reached 103 degrees, breaking a 103-year-old record.

Fullerton also came in at 103, Chino was 104, and even next to the beach at Camp Pendleton the mercury rose to 102 degrees.

The scorching heat isn't making things easier for L.A. County fire fighters who are battling a blaze at Topanga State Park near Rustic Canyon Ranch. LAFD officials estimate about seven acres of wildland burning. No homes or people are being threatened but LAFD spokesperson Brian Humphrey confirmed that park rangers are looking for groups of hikers.