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Wind gusts up to 87 miles per hour blasted the mountains above Malibu Monday, as fall-like Santa Ana conditions sent temperatures to near 90, and pushed thousands of people to the beaches this holiday weekend.

Gusty winds were predicted to continue Monday in the Hollywood Hills, Santa Monica Mountains, Porter Ranch and the Newhall Pass area.

The National Weather Service said wind gusts up to 50 m.p.h. would hit the coastline below mountain canyons today.

On Sunday, tens of thousands of people took advantage of warm weather to flock to Southland beaches. Traffic was bumper to bumper on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu long past sunset.

“Valentines’ Day couples, and Fourth of July crowds,” groused one coastal resident.

The water was cold — 55-61 degrees — keeping most people out, lifeguards said.

For Monday, the stubborn high pressure ridge that was set up over Utah and Nevada was predicted to squeeze 50 mile per hour winds through the canyons.

The fire danger was rated as “high” Monday, as the air was bone dry. The relative humidity in the Santa Monica Mountains had dropped to just 5 percent, after fog on Sunday had sent the reading to 100 percent for most of the morning.

A wind gauge at a county fire camp abpove las Flores Canyon in Malibu reported sustained winds above 50 m.p.h., temperatures near 80 degrees and wind gusts to 87 m.p.h. all night.

But just a few miles away, at Santa Monica, it was 70 degrees at 8 a.m., with winds below 10 m.p.h.

—City News Service

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