Environment & Science

Santa Ana winds to raise Southern California fire danger

File: Winds blow palm trees.
File: Winds blow palm trees.
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A mild Santa Ana condition will bring higher than normal temperatures and very low humidity to the Southland this weekend, raising fire danger.

The National Weather Service said high temperatures will be 5 to 10 degrees above normal and humidity percentage levels will drop to single digits as an offshore flow continues through Saturday and begins to weaken with an approaching onshore flow on Sunday.

The strongest Santa Ana winds are expected to be in the mountains and valleys of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, with gusts as high as 45 mph through Friday but weaker on Saturday and Sunday. The NWS said it did not expect to issue any high-wind advisories.

Highs will be in the 90s for most inland areas while most coastal areas will have temperatures in the low to mid 80s, "well above average for this time of year," the NWS said. Temperatures are expected to drop about 4 to 6 degrees throughout the region on Monday.