Dandelion blowing in the wind. Photo via Pixabay.

Breezy conditions continued in parts of the Southland Monday, with the Santa Ana gusts bringing warmer and drier weather, but cooler weather is on tap by week’s end.

A wind advisory will be in effect until 6 p.m. in the Los Angeles County mountains, excluding the Santa Monica range, with forecasters calling for winds of 20 to 30 mph and gusts up to 45 mph, according to the National Weather Service. An advisory will be in effect until 2 p.m. in the Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Area and the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys.

As is typical during such wind events, forecasters warned of potentially hazardous driving conditions, particularly for high-profile vehicles. Conditions could be particularly hazardous on the Golden State (5) and Antelope Valley (14) freeways.

Forecasters urged motorists to use extra caution when driving, and residents were asked to secure outdoor objects that could be blown away by the winds.

According to the NWS, warm and dry conditions will prevail through Wednesday, but a cooling trend is anticipated on Thursday and Friday — although no significant rain is in the forecast. Gusting winds are likely to return as part of the cold front on Thursday.

But there’s good news for the weekend. Forecasters said a “significant warm-up looks to be on tap for next weekend and into next week.”

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