Stormy Santa Ana winds lashing southern California are raising temperatures and issuing warnings, weather officials said Thursday.
It is a stark reflection of the cold, rainy weather that began the week when a strong storm blew from the north, Breaking rainfall records in several cities.
A gradual warming trend followed, and by Thursday, the skies were clear and blue – and temperatures were almost summer.
“When we have Santa Ana winds like this, we usually get very warm temperatures across coastal and valley areas,” said Rich Thompson, a meteorologist with the Weather Service’s Oxnard Station.
Forecasters expect a high in the 80s to about 90s from the coast to the inland valleys, according to the National Weather Service. The temperature in downtown Los Angeles can reach 87 degrees. Woodland Hills may reach 92.
“If you thought today was warm, tomorrow will be even warmer!” The Los Angeles Weather Service’s station said in a tweet Wednesday.
Many wind warnings In place until 3 p.m., when Santa Anas can throw unlocked objects and sway high-ranking vehicles.
Mountains in Los Angeles and Ventura counties are expected to have northerly and northeasterly winds of 15-25 mph, with fierce solitary winds of up to 50 mph.
Winds of 20 to 30 mph, with gusts of up to 45 mph, expected in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Many inland and coastal valleys—including the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys, as well as the coast of Ventura County—can see winds of 15 to 25 mph, and gusts of up to 40 mph.
The National Weather Service has warned drivers of high-profile vehicles to exercise caution.
Offshore winds will weaken by Thursday night, Thompson said, and are expected to change on Friday, bringing a sea breeze on the beach that should cool things down a bit.
On Friday, temperatures in coastal areas are expected to dip into the mid-to-mid-80s, while valley areas will see the mid-80s.
“It’s going to be a nice day out there, but the temperatures will be cooler,” Thompson said, adding that the trend was expected to continue through the weekend.
Fire officials this week lowered the level of fire danger from “extreme” to “extremely high” in the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, citing recent rains.
Fire conditions have improved, said Robert Garcia, chief of the Angeles National Forest Fire Department, noting in a statement that “there are no significant active fires, and resource availability remains at or above normal for this time of year.”
Relative humidity levels also help improve fire conditions. Despite Santa Anas, humidity is not expected to drop enough to cause concern.
Region It is not entirely clear Although fires. The future warm, dry Santa Ana winds could reverse the situation, and while recent rains eroded bony vegetation, the downpour was Not enough to undo two years of drought.
As work begins in the second year of La Niña conditions, meteorologists expect Southern California to see above-average temperatures and below-average rainfall.