“Elevated Fire Danger” for Rest of Week in Southern California

Temperatures will run 10 to 20 degrees above normal as wind speeds pick up through the weekend

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Meredith Gregory

A period of "elevated fire danger" will threaten  Southern California through early next week as a hot spell and winds develop across a widespread part of the region.

Fire weather conditions are in the forecast for mountains, forests and valleys from  Los Angeles County and north into San Luis Obispo County on the Central Coast. Southern Californians can expect light to moderate winds Thursday through Sunday.

"It still does not look like a strong Santa Ana event," said NBC4 forecaster Crystal Egger.

The Long Beach Unified School District said schools will be on a minimum day schedule Thursday and Friday due to the hot weather.

Afternoon temperatures will climb into the 80s and 90s across the  coastal and valley areas by Thursday and to between 90 and the low 100s by  Friday, the National Weather Service statement said. A peak in the heat is expected on  Saturday with highs of around 105 degrees.

Temperatures will be about 10 to 20 degrees above normal. A slow cooling trend will begin in coastal areas  on Sunday.

Overnight lows will remain high -- in the mid to  upper 60s in the valleys, forecasters said. Wind speeds will peak across Los Angeles and Ventura counties Thursday morning, when gusts of up to 35 miles per hour are expected in the valleys and of 45 mph in the  mountains.

"The combination of rising temperatures, low humidity and offshore  winds in combination with critically dry vegetation will bring elevated fire  danger to much of southwest California late Wednesday through early next  week," warned the NWS statement. "The highest fire danger is expected to be across the Los Angeles and  Ventura county mountains and valleys where the strongest northeast winds are likely to occur."

In Orange and San Diego counties, a heat advisory will be in effect from  11 a.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Saturday.

In Riverside County, a heat advisory for the valleys of Riverside County scheduled to begin Friday night and extend through Sunday. Triple-digit heat is expected in the Coachella Valley starting Thursday.

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