Strong winds are forecast throughout the Inland Empire Tuesday and into Wednesday, prompting the National Weather Service Monday to issue a Wind Advisory.
“Winds will turn northeast and become moderately strong and gusty at times Tuesday and Wednesday,” the NWS said in a statement. “This will create Santa Ana conditions with very low relative humidity and well above average temperatures.”
The advisory is in effect from 6 a.m. Tuesday to 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Winds are expected to average 20 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph in some locations, meteorologists said, adding that motorists going into mountains and passes should drive with extra care, particularly in high profile vehicles that could be tipped off balance.
The NWS signaled that a Fire Weather Watch may be in order, depending on the strength of the offshore flow. Humidity levels are predicted to drop below 10% on Tuesday, raising the potential for tinderbox conditions.
Several surface low pressure systems, dragging little to no moisture with them, will be generating the winds as they sweep through the region into Arizona, according to the weather service.
“Once our midweek Santa Ana winds abate, a rather quiet weather pattern will develop late in the week through the weekend,” according to the NWS.
The next chance of precipitation is in the latter half of next week.
High temperatures in the Riverside metropolitan area will hover in the low to mid 80s Tuesday to Saturday, with lows in the mid 50s. The same temperature band will generally prevail in the Coachella and Temecula valleys, according to forecasters.