The early weekend rains are forecast to give way to strong offshore winds that will make already dry vegetation more susceptible to fire, weather forecasters said Saturday.

The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings for Los Angeles and Orange Counties early Monday through Tuesday evening.

“Despite the wetting rains from Friday night and today, a drying trend on Sunday will begin to dry out the fine fuels,” the NWS said. “Strong offshore winds will develop and very dry air will move into the region early Monday morning, leading to critical fire conditions Monday through Tuesday.”

The strongest winds with isolated gusts of more than 50 mph were expected in the foothills, but large parts of the valleys and southern California coast also were expected to get strong winds, forecasters said.

The wind will rapidly decrease humidity to 5 to 20 percent away from the coast, according to the NWS said.

Winds are expected to decrease a little Tuesday, but conditions will remain critical until humidity increases Tuesday night.

 

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