High Winds and Low Humidity Will Cause Fire Weather Conditions

Gusts of up to 65 mph are expected Wednesday

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    Santa Ana winds return and are expected to last through Wednesday. Crystal Egger has the forecast for Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

    Santa Ana winds have returned and a wind advisory is in effect for parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties Tuesday, with stronger winds and fire weather conditions expected Wednesday morning.

    "Secure outdoor furniture and garbage cans before you leave to work today," NBC4 meteorologist Crystal Egger said.

    The wind advisory is in effect for all of Los Angeles county except for the LA basin and San Gabriel Valley, Egger said.

    The advisory will shift to a high wind watch by Tuesday evening and the high wind watch will continue through Wednesday afternoon. There’s a chance that winds could increase to warning levels overnight, according to the National Weather Service.

    It’s possible that there could be sustained winds of 30 to 45 mph and gusts of up to 65 mph Wednesday.

    "Gusty winds combined with the dry air will create critical fire weather conditions," Egger said.

    The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch that will be in effect Wednesday morning through afternoon for most of Los Angeles and Ventura County.

    "The fire danger is highest on Wednesday because that is when the relative humidity will be lowest, near or below 10 percent," Egger said. "Keep those cigarette butts in the car."

    Drivers are advised to use extra caution when driving, as the gusty winds will make driving difficult, especially for drivers of high profile vehicles on the 5, 14, 23, 101, 118 and 126 freeways. The National Weather Service warns that the gusty winds may down trees and power lines and cause property damage.

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