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

Warm Santa Ana winds swept the Southland Wednesday, helping raise temperatures by several degrees, but then died down several hours earlier than forecasters had expected.

A wind advisory was to have been in effect until 2 p.m. in the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains and the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys but was cancelled by the National Weather Service monitoring station in Oxnard mid-morning.

“…Isolated gusts to 40 miles per hour are (still) possible in the mountains this morning,” according to an NWS statement.

Even though the warm winds were dying down, forecasters said Wednesday’s temperatures would still be high, though perhaps a bit lower than had been expected.

The temperature away from the coast may not quite rise to 20 degrees above normal, as had been anticipated, but Burbank and Woodland Hills are still expected to remain 16 degrees above normal, they said.

More strong winds are expected Thursday, said NWS meteorologist Ryan Kittell.

Along the L.A. County coast, a beach hazards statement — a notch less severe than a high surf advisory — will be in force through Wednesday afternoon. Rip currents and sneaker waves are expected as a result of strong, elevated surf of 3 to 6 feet, forecasters said.

Also scheduled to go into effect — until 1 p.m. Thursday — is a small craft advisory — a warning to inexperienced sailors with small vessels to stay out of the water because of perilous conditions.

The Santa Anas, which should die down by Wednesday afternoon, are helping raise temperatures. Away from the coast, it will be 10 to 20 degrees above normal Wednesday, with Burbank and Woodland Hills both expected to end up at 16 degrees above normal, said NWS meteorologist Robbie Munroe.

“We could be closing in on a record or two for this date,” he added.

The NWS forecast sunny skies in L.A. County Wednesday and highs of 71 degrees Fahrenheit on Mount Wilson; 72 in Avalon; 79 in Palmdale, Lancaster and at LAX; 85 in Saugus, Long Beach and Downtown L.A.; 87 in Pasadena and San Gabriel; 88 in Burbank; and 90 in Woodland Hills.

Orange County is also forecast to be sunny, with highs of 66 in Laguna Beach; 67 in San Clemente; 78 in Irvine; 79 in Anaheim; 80 in Mission Viejo; 81 in Fullerton; and 84 in Yorba Linda.

Sunny skies are forecast through Monday. Temperatures will decline Thursday — by up to 10 degrees in L.A. County and by up to 6 in Orange County.

—City News Service

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