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The warm and windy Santa Anas return to Southern California

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Photo by Eyton Zelazo via Flickr Creative Commons

Southern California's winter is flip-flopping again from cloudy, damp and cool to clear, warm and windy.

The low-pressure system that brought some showers this week has moved east and will be replaced by warming Santa Ana winds in Los Angeles and Ventura counties Thursday night through Friday.

Forecasters say winds could reach speeds of 50 mph (80 kph) in the mountains and the dry gusts will elevate fire danger.

Offshore flow will decrease Friday night but Saturday will remain warm, followed by a sharp cooling trend Sunday and Monday with possible light rain or drizzle south of Point Conception.

Winter rainfall remains well below normal in the region. Downtown Los Angeles has recorded less than 2 inches (5 centimeters) since Oct.1, about 7 inches (17 centimeters) less than average.