Santa Anas Could Bring Record Highs, Increased Fire Danger

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Santa Ana winds are expected to bring summer-like temperatures over the next few days, with the possibility of record-breaking highs on Wednesday.


High winds and unseasonable heat are expected over the next few days across Southern California. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

But the weather that will elicit pangs of jealousy from those living in cold climates also will bring potential danger. The high winds, low humidity, built-up stores of dry fuel and lack of rain led the National Weather Service on Saturday to call a red-flag warning for portions of Southern California, meaning critical fire weather is expected.

The red-flag warning starts Monday at 3 a.m. and will run until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Although normal seasonal rainfall for this time of year is 5.45 inches in downtown Los Angeles, the  city has received less than an inch, said weather specialist Stuart Seto.

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