Gusty Santa Ana winds will remain in most of Riverside County Friday amid dry and unseasonably warm conditions, significantly raising the risk of wildfires, the National Weather Service reported.

A red flag warning will be in effect in the Riverside metropolitan area and the Riverside County mountains until 4 p.m. Friday.

Winds out of the northeast are expected to be between 15-35 mph Friday, with gusts potentially reaching 40 mph in the the Riverside metropolitan area and 55 mph in the mountains, forecasters said. Winds will be around 15 mph Friday morning in the Coachella Valley, then become light by Friday afternoon

Humidity will drop to between 8-12% Friday throughout the region.

The red flag warning means any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly and outdoor burning is not recommended, according to the NWS.

High temperatures Friday are expected to be in the mid-to-high 80s in the valleys and metro area, the mid-80s in the Coachella Valley and the upper 60s to lower 70s in the mountains.

Forecasters said more localized and weaker winds are expected on Saturday and Sunday, then a round of potentially stronger Santa Ana winds is expected Monday through Wednesday.

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