Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

High winds will blow across parts of the Southland Wednesday as high surf pounds the coast.

A wind advisory, signaling the expectation of winds or gusts of at least 35 miles per hour, will be in effect from 3 p.m. Wednesday until 3 a.m. Thursday in the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys, and from 3 p.m. Wednesday until 10 p.m. Thursday in the San Gabriel Mountains. Winds of between 20 and 30 mph with 45- 50-mph gusts will buffet these areas, according to the National Weather Service.

“The gusty winds could make driving difficult for high profile vehicles. Additionally, there is the potential for blowing dust and sand across the Antelope Valley,” warned an NWS statement.

Along the L.A. County coast, surf of between 6 and 10 feet will develop Wednesday because of a moderately high mid-to-long period westerly swell. A high surf advisory will be in effect from noon Wednesday until 9 p.m. Thursday.

In Orange County, forecasters expect surf of 5 to 8 feet with 10-foot sets Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning. A high surf advisory will be in force in  Orange County until 2 a.m. Friday.

“Large waves and strong rip currents will increase the risk of ocean drowning for swimmers and surfers,” warned an NWS statement. “Large breaking waves can cause injury, wash people off beaches and rocks and capsize small boats near shore.”

A combination of sunny and partly cloudy skies is forecast in Los Angeles County Wednesday, along with highs of 49 degrees Fahrenheit on Mount Wilson; 55 in Lancaster; 56 in Palmdale; 59 in Saugus and Avalon; 61 in Woodland Hills, Pasadena, San Gabriel, Burbank and at LAX; 62 in Long Beach and 63 in Downtown L.A.

Only sunny skies are in Orange County’s forecast Wednesday, along with highs of 60 in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach; 61 in San Clemente; 62 in Anaheim and Mission Viejo; and 63 in Yorba Linda, Fullerton and Irvine.

Similar temperatures are expected Thursday and Friday, but this time with sunshine everywhere. Temperatures will creep closer to the mid 60s on Saturday amid partly cloudy skies, then fall by a few degrees amid rain on Sunday, when highs will be in the 50s everywhere except Long Beach, where a high of 60 is forecast. Showers are in the forecast in both L.A. and Orange counties Monday amid highs back in the low 60s, followed by a partly cloudy Tuesday and similar temperatures.

—City News Service

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.