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Wind gusts could hamper traffic in some areas Monday

Windy weather could make Monday's commute bumpier than usual, the National Weather Service said.
Windy weather could make Monday's commute bumpier than usual, the National Weather Service said.
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The National Weather Service (NWS) has a wind advisory in effect for the mountains and valleys in Los Angeles County through 3 p.m. Monday afternoon. 

Meteorologist David Sweet said the winds are just strong enough to be a nuisance: They might topple patio chairs or make driving difficult. 

"People who are driving in vulnerable areas like the I-15 and the I-5, maybe some sections of the 10 Freeway, you need to slow down a little bit," he said. 

In the mountains, expect winds 25 to 35 miles per hour, with gusts up to 50 miles per hour. And in the valleys, expect winds 15 to 25 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 miles per hour.

The windy weather has prompted 'red flag' fire warnings for Los Angeles and Ventura counties through Wednesday. The NWS cautions that low humidity and high winds could mean dangerous conditions for the spread of wildfires.

On Sunday, high winds sent several kayakers in Malibu southward towards the sea, where they were rescued by the nets from a fleet of squid fishers off Point Mugu.  

"When the winds are blowing offshore, it's a bad time to kayak," an L.A. County Lifeguard captain told NBC4. "Make sure to have a signal device, and a personal flotation device."

Temperatures this week should make for a mild holiday weekend. NWS's Sweet said this week will be warm for this time of year. 

Highs on Tuesday and Wednesday will reach the mid to upper 80s in the valleys. 

"Happy Thanksgiving and pass the sun tan lotion," he said. 

This story has been updated.