Hold onto your hat won’t be just a cliche Thursday as high winds will hit Southern California and the danger of wildfires will be extreme.
A red flag warning signifying a high risk of wildfire will be in force in the city of Los Angeles and in mountain, forest and valley areas of the Southland because of high winds and low humidity.
The warning will be in effect from 6 a.m. Thursday until 6 p.m. Friday in the San Gabriel Mountains in L.A. and Ventura County, the Angeles and Los Padres National forests, the Santa Monica Mountain Recreational Area, the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys and the L.A County coastal zone, a sprawling built-up area that takes in beach cities — including Long Beach and Malibu — metropolitan Los Angeles, including downtown, and the Hollywood Hills.
The warning did not extend to the San Gabriel or Antelope valleys, and the Los Angeles Fire Department did not impose any special parking restrictions on hilly streets, as it does at times when there’s a danger of fire so that fire trucks will not be impeded.
National Weather Service forecasters expect Santa Ana winds to blow at between 20 and 35 miles per hour with gusts of up to 55 mph in the San Gabriels, the Santa Monicas and the forests, and at between 15 and 30 mph with gusts of up to 50 mph in the coastal zone and the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys. Humidity levels will be between 5 and 15 degrees, they said.
Overnight, the NWS recorded fierce winds around the region, including gusts of 95 mph at Whitaker Peak and 60 mph at Camp Nine — both in the L.A. County portion of the San Gabriels — 56 mph in the Malibu Hills, 40 mph in Malibu proper, 38 mph in San Fernando and Santa Monica, and 36 mph in the Newhall Pass.
Along the coast, a high surf advisory will be in force until 3 p.m., with surf of 5-8 feet in the forecast.
The NWS forecast sunny skies in Los Angeles County Thursday and highs of 59 in Lancaster and Palmdale; 62 on Mount Wilson; 66 in Saugus; 72 in Avalon and San Gabriel; 73 in Pasadena and Woodland Hills; 74 at LAX and in Burbank; 75 in downtown L.A.; and 76 in Long Beach.
Sunny skies were also forecast or Orange County, along with highs of 71 in San Clemente and Yorba Linda; 72 in Mission Viejo, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach; and 73 in Fullerton, Irvine and Anaheim.
Temperatures will be up to 7 degrees higher Friday before retreating up to 8 degrees Saturday.
—City News Service
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