Strong winds to hit Southland today

Fierce winds will lash the Southland today on a sunny but chilly day, when high surf will pound the coast and rip currents will make ocean swimming perilous, National Weather Service forecasters said.

A high wind warning will be in force from 9 a.m. today until 3 a.m. Thursday in the Antelope Valley and the mountains of Los Angeles County, excluding the Santa Monica range, the NWS said. In the Santa Clarita Valley, a less serious wind warning will be in effect during the same time.

Forecasters said the Antelope Valley and the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles County would be swept today and Wednesday by sustained northwest winds of between 20 and 35 miles per hour, gusting to 60 mph.

"The strongest winds will occur through the interstate 5 Corridor," according to an NWS advisory.

Along the coast, the surf is expected to measure 4 to 7 feet, with local sets of 9 feet possible, according to forecasters, adding that the highest surf will occur along west-facing beaches.

The high surf will generate strong rip currents that will make swimming dangerous, an advisory said.

The NWS forecast highs today of 41 on Mount Wilson; 51 in Palmdale and Lancaster; 54 in Newhall; 57 in Woodland Hills; 58 in Pasadena, San Gabriel and Burbank; 61 in Avalon; 62 at LAX; 63 in Long Beach; and 64 in downtown Los Angeles.

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