Gusty winds and low humidity are expected Monday in Riverside County, raising the threat of wildfires, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS issued a red flag warning that will remain in effect until 6 p.m. Monday in the Riverside County mountains, the county valleys and the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning. The Coachella Valley was not included in the warning.

North to northeast winds between 25-35 mph, with gusts reaching 60 mph in mountains and narrow passes, are expected until this evening, forecasters said. Daytime humidity could drop as low as 5%.

High temperatures Monday could reach 79 degrees in the Coachella Valley, 76 in the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning, 75 in Riverside, 74 in Temecula and 75 in Hemet.

The NWS also issued a high-wind warning that will be in effect in the county valleys until noon Monday. Officials warned that damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines, while travel will be especially difficult for high-profile vehicles.

Forecasters warned that more Santa Ana winds are expected Tuesday night through Thursday.

The NWS issued a fire weather watch, which is slightly less serious than a red flag warning, for the county mountains, valleys and the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning that will be in effect from Tuesday evening through Thursday afternoon.

Southern California Edison officials said the utility is considering precautionary power shutoffs this week that could potentially affect just over 60,000 customers in Riverside County. The shutoffs would be implemented to de-energize power lines in danger of being damaged or downed by strong winds, potentially sparking wildfires.

Areas that could face precautionary power shutoffs include Banning, Beaumont, Calimesa, Desert Hot Springs, Palm Springs, Hemet, San Jacinto, Menifee, Moreno Valley, Perris, Riverside, Corona, the northern section of Lake Perris, Aguanga, the Banning Pass including Cabazon, areas north and northwest of Cabazon, an area north of Casa Loma, Cherry Valley, County Lake Mobile Community, David Mountain Road, Eden, Eden Hot Springs, Gilman Hot Springs, an area west of Hemet, Lakeview Hot Springs, Lakeview, Lancaster Valley, Lewis Valley, North Palm Springs, Nuevo Uni, Owl, Pauba Valley, Radec, Ramona Expressway and the San Jacinto River, The Golf Club at Rancho California, River Park, Riverside County Unico, San Jacinto Valley, Soboba Hot Springs, Soboba Reservation, Valle Vista, Butterfield Estates, Whitewater and Whitewater Canyon.

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