Springtime Santa Ana winds will blast inland canyons with winds up to 60 miles per hour, and send thermometers above 90 degrees in parts of the Southland Monday afternoon, according to forecasters.
But first, the tail of a weak low pressure system will sweep across the Southland early Monday, bringing clouds to Los Angeles and sprinkles to northern- facing mountain slopes, according to the latest National Weather Service outlook.
By Monday afternoon, winds will pick up in the Santa Clarita Valley, and along the freeways in the mountains north of Los Angeles.
Gusts may top 60 miles per hour in the mountains, meteorologists warned, starting Monday and lasting several days. Peak gusts in the Antelope Valley will be around 40 or 50 mph.
The strong winds should reach south into the San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, the canyons of Malibu and the Hollywood Hills by Monday night, which will be the peak of the winds.
Gale force winds are possible in the inner coastal waters, including the San Pedro Channel between the mainland and Santa Catalina Island.
Warmer air will follow the winds by midweek, with highs in the low 80s at the tail end of the winds. Highs approaching 90 are possible Wednesday, as the marine layer is pushed south, the NWS said.
Coastal air will return to cool things off Thursday and Friday, but next weekend looks to be hot again, the NWS said.
–City News Service
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