Gusts shake palm trees. Photo via Pixabay
Gusts shake palm trees. Photo via PixabayI

So this is why people from Chicago move to Los Angeles.

Even though Thanksgiving is almost here and Christmas decorations are going up in stores and city streets, Los Angeles and other inland areas of the Southland will see temperatures in the upper 80s Sunday, and the mercury will top out at 85 at local beaches.

If you live in the midwest, you’re going to be jealous: the forecast for Chicago Sunday calls for a high temperature of 26 and a low of 21.

We shouldn’t be too smug, as a cooling trend will start Monday and Southern California may even see some showers and highs in the low 60s by mid-week.

Sunday’s high temperatures do have a downside: they are being driven by hot, dry and possibly dangerous Santa Ana winds.

Gusty Santa Ana winds and low humidity will continue through late Sunday afternoon over much of Los Angeles County, which remains under a red flag fire warning.

The National Weather Service said relative humidity under 20 percent and dry fuel conditions will result in critical fire danger. Ventura County is also under a fire warning.

Coastal Orange County will be spared the Santa Anas Sunday, and temperatures will be a little cooler with highs in the mid 80s.

Thanks to the Santa Anas, the air quality in the South Coast Air Basin will be in the good to moderate range Sunday, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

— Wire and staff reports

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