Santa Ana winds are expected to lash the Inland Empire on Sunday, creating driving and other hazards, according to the National Weather Service.

The agency issued a Wind Advisory beginning 5 a.m. Sunday and ending 4 p.m. the same day.

“The Santa Ana winds will peak in strength Sunday morning, shifting more northeasterly Sunday night into Monday, before turning westerly Monday afternoon,” the NWS said in a statement.

According to forecasters, wind speeds will average 20 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph possible. The most intense Santa Ana activity will be around mountains and passes, including the San Gorgonio Pass.

“Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects,” according to the NWS. “Tree limbs could be blown down, and a few power outages may result.”

The weather service cautioned operators of high-profile vehicles to use extra care in wind-prone locations.

The Santa Ana event stems from an area of low pressure spinning over the desert, across southern Nevada and into Arizona, according to the NWS.

High temperatures in the Riverside metropolitan area will generally hover in the low to mid 80s through the weekend, with lows in the upper 50s. The mercury will peak in the high 70s in the Temecula Valley on Saturday and Sunday, with lows around 50, while in the Coachella Valley, the highs will approach 90, and the lows will be in the mid 60s.

No rain is in the forecast for Riverside County over the next seven days.

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