Warm, dry winds mean potential fire danger in Southland

Warm, dry winds out of the Great Basin will blow across the Southland from today through Thanksgiving. This raises the possibility of potential fire danger, according to National Weather Service forecasters.

A Red Flag Warning was announced for Orange County this morning. A wind advisory is in effect until noon in the region's coastal area, including the Westside, downtown Los Angeles, the Hollywood Hills, the San Gabriel Mountains (including Mount Wilson), the Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Area, and the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys.

Sustained winds between 25 and 35 miles per hour were expected in those areas, gusting as high as 55 mph. Strong winds were also expected in the rest of the region, but should die down this afternoon.

Today's highs will be around 80, and tomorrow and Thursday it will reach the mid-80s, according to meteorologist Curt Kaplan. Kaplan predicts cooler temperatures on Friday, falling as much as 10 degrees, before heating up again Sunday and early next week. The winds, warm temperatures, and low humidities could lead to fire.