A red flag warning signifying a high risk of wildfres will be in effect Friday in the San Gabriel Mountains, Angeles National Forest and the Santa Clarita Valley as a result of more gusty northeast winds and very low humidity.
A red flag warning expired at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Santa Monica Mountains, San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys.
“Santa Ana winds continue will continue to diminish gradually … with wind gusts generally ranging between 25 and 35 mph across the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, as well as the Santa Clarita Valley and Ventura county valleys. Very dry air will persist through the rest of the week, with single-digit minimums common and poor overnight recoveries,” according to a National Weather Service statement.
Forecasters said they expect winds of 25-35 miles per hour in the San Gabriels, the Santa Clarita Valley, and several areas in Ventura County. At the same time, the humidity level will be down between 2 and 8 percent. Friday’s red flag warning will be in force until 6 p.m.
In Orange County, where a red flag warning was to have been in effect through much of Thursday, it was canceled Wednesday night thanks to dramatically weakened winds.
In the Antelope Valley, a hard-freeze warning will be in effect until 10 a.m. Friday amid sub-freezing morning temperatures of 18-25 degrees.
The NWS forecast sunny skies in L.A. County Friday and highs of 67 on Mount Wilson; 70 in Avalon and Palmdale; 71 in Lancaster; 78 in Saugus: 79 at LAX; 80 in Long Beach; 81 in Pasadena, Burbank and Woodland Hills; and 82 in San Gabriel. Temperatures will remain roughly the same over the next six days but dip in some communities mid-week.
Sunny skies were also forecast in Orange County, along with highs of 52 on Santiago Peak; 73 in San Clemente and Laguna Beach; 75 in Newport Beach; 74 on Ortega Highway at 2,600 feet; 81 in Fremont and Trabuco canyons; 82 in Yorba Linda and Mission Viejo; 84 in Irvine; 85 in Anaheim; and 86 in Fullerton. A slight cooling trend will begin Sunday.
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