Santa Ana winds will dominate the weather pattern in Southern California for the next week, National Weather Service forecasters said Sunday.
Warm and dry winds will aggravate fire risks Sunday through Monday, subside Tuesday and return Wednesday as gusty desert winds course through the mountains and foothills, the Oxnard forecast office said. While temperatures will be on the warm side, the super-hot conditions often associated with Santa Anas won’t be around this time.
“Another warm and dry day (is) on tap Monday, with weak offshore flow and a strong ridge of high pressure in place,” the NWS said.
Humidity levels would drop to the bone-dry area, and top winds out to sea will be around 25 mules per hour, according to the forecast.
Tuesday’s weather pattern will flip to a cool, wet and strong marine layer, perhaps strong enough to trigger a small chance of showers, mainly in the mountains.
But Tuesday’s flip will be followed by a flop back to a Santa Ana flow pattern Wednesday night into Thursday.
Stronger Santa Ana winds will arrive Friday, but that is expected to be a relatively-cool Santa Ana wind event. Forecasters said the high temperatures will top out just above 70 in the coastal plains and mid 50s in the mountains and Antelope Valley desert.
–City News Service