Gusty Santa Ana winds again will buffet parts of Riverside County and temperatures are expected to soar heading into the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
A wind advisory covering the Riverside metropolitan area, the Riverside County mountains and the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning — but not the Coachella Valley — will last until noon Friday.
Winds out of the east and northeast are expected to be between 15 and 20 mph, with gusts possibly reaching 30 mph along mountain ridge tops, forecasters said.
The winds are not expected to significantly elevate the risk of wildfires because humidity levels are around average and brush in the region is not critically dry, according to the NWS.
NWS officials warned that winds could be strong enough to blow around unsecured objects and knock down tree limbs, potentially causing power outages.
Conditions will also be hazardous for high-profile vehicles traveling on highways through mountain passes.
Building high pressure combined with winds moving to the west will cause daytime temperatures to soar well above average Friday and Saturday, according to the NWS.
High temperatures Friday could reach 78 degrees in Riverside, 76 in the San Gorgonio Pass, 76 in the Coachella Valley and 75 in Temecula and 75 in Hemet.
Temperatures on Saturday could get up to 82 degrees in Riverside and Hemet, then cooler weather will return on Sunday before temperatures drop significantly on Monday, forecasters said.