Santa Ana Winds and Warm Temperatures Return to Southern California

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A surfer near the Huntington Beach Pier enjoys big, wind-blown waves on a warm summerlike day Feb. 5, 2016. (Credit: Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times)

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What happened to winter?

After a bout with El Niño rains last weekend, Southern California is back to warm temperatures — and Santa Ana winds. On Friday, San Diego and Lake Forest tied for the warmest places in the U.S. — 81 degrees. And forecasters say temperatures could approach 90 degrees early next week.

Over the next few days, winds could top off at 50 mph in the mountains and 45 mph in the valleys as a high-pressure system builds across the area and continues through Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

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