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Santa Ana winds that battered much of the region on Thanksgiving were dying down Friday, although dry conditions will prevail through much of the day, but cooler conditions are on the horizon.

“Santa Ana winds will continue through Friday, weakening by late Friday,” according to the National Weather Service. “Humidity will remain very low through Friday as well, even as weak sea breezes return to coastal areas. Onshore flow will develop over the weekend and strengthen into Monday as a weather disturbance passes to the northeast. This will bring increasing humidity and cooler conditions. The building marine layer Monday night could provide a few light showers, but the chance is small for any significant rain.”

A wind advisory will be in effect until 10 a.m. Friday for Riverside County valleys and mountains. Affected areas were expected to experience northeast winds of 15 to 25 mph, with occasional gusts to 45 mph, forecasters said.

During the height of the Santa Ana winds on Thanksgiving, Southern California Edison cut power to thousands of customers as part of its Public Safety Power Shutoffs program. The program cuts power as a precautionary measure in areas experiencing particularly critical winds that could spark wildfires.

At one point Thursday, nearly 6,000 customers had their power shut off under the program. As of early Friday, however, SCE reported that no such shutoffs were in effect anywhere in the utility’s service area.

It should be mostly sunny across Riverside County Friday, with highs generally in the 70s, but cooler in the mountains.

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