Strong winds blew across the Southland Thusday, especially in the mountains and the Santa Clarita Valley.
The winds are the result of an offshore pressure gradient that has developed across Southern California because of strong surface high pressure dropping southward through the Great Basin, according to a National Weather Service statement.
A wind advisory will be in force until 3 p.m. Thursday in the San Gabriel Mountains, the Santa Monica Mountains and the Santa Clarita Valley. Winds of between 20 and 30 miles per hour are expected in the mountains, gusting to 45 mph in the Santa Monicas and 50 m.p.h. in the San Gabriels, the statement said.
In the Santa Clarita Valley, the wind will blow at sustained speeds of between 15 and 25 m.p.h., gusting to 40 m.p.h.
Powerful wind gusts were recorded overnight, including 49 m.p.h. at Chilao and 48 m.p.h. at Camp Nine — both in the San Gabriels, the NWS reported.
Strong winds are also expected in the San Fernando Valley, metropolitan Los Angeles and the Hollywood Hills, but their strength will be below advisory levels, NWS forecasters said.
The winds are expected to die down Thursday afternoon and resurge late Thursday night and Friday morning, although at sub-advisory levels. But stronger and more widespread northeast winds are expected across most of Los Angeles and Ventura counties late Friday night and Saturday, forecaster said.
The weather service also forecast sunny skies Thursday and highs of 61 in Palmdale and Lancaster; 64 on Mount Wilson; 68 in San Clemente; 69 in Saugus; 70 in Avalon, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach; 74 in Yorba Linda and at LAX; 75 in San Gabriel; 76 in Fullerton, Woodland Hills and Pasadena; and 77 in Long Beach, Burbank, Anaheim, Irvine and downtown L.A.
Temperatures will begin a short climb Friday but start declining Monday. Showers are expected on Tuesday.
—City News Service