The latest rainstorm to soak the Inland Empire will gradually exit to the east Monday evening, to be replaced by stiff winds, as a dry spell begins that will span the remainder of the week, according to the National Weather Service.

“Gusty south to southeast winds … will become gusty northeast winds for Tuesday,” the NWS said.

The agency posted a wind advisory from 8 p.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Tuesday, covering most of the region, noting “gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects.”

“Tree limbs could be blown down, and a few power outages may result,” the Weather Service stated.

Wind speeds are expected to average between 25 and 35 mph, though gusts could peak at 55, meteorologists said.

As the trough of low pressure that enveloped Southern California on Sunday eases its way into Arizona, high pressure ridges bearing down on the Great Basin of Utah and Nevada will churn up Santa Anas, which will fade Tuesday night.

The ridges will influence weather patterns going into the weekend, fueling a slight warming trend and ample sunshine, according to forecasters.

The NWS said daytime highs in the Riverside metropolitan area Tuesday will be in the upper 50s, with overnight lows in the upper 30s. However, from Wednesday to Saturday, highs are expected to settle in the mid to upper 60s, with lows in the mid 40s.

In the Coachella Valley, highs Tuesday will peak in the low 60s, with lows in the low 40s, while the daytime mercury will climb into the low 70s by the end of the week, with lows in the upper 40s.

In the Temecula Valley, the temperature band will be much the same as the Riverside area Tuesday, with highs in the low 60s Wednesday and Thursday, reaching the upper 60s by the weekend, with lows generally in the low 40s.

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