Santa Ana Winds to Usher in Fire Weather on Friday

Strong winds whipped across the Southland on Thursday, generating gusts of more than 50 mph, and forecasters said fire
weather is on the way.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory effective from 10 a.m. Thursday to 10 p.m. Friday but cancelled it before it went into effect, saying that the winds generally had dipped below advisory level as the morning wore on.

But powerful winds lashed the region earlier on Thursday morning, including gusts of 23 mph in the Malibu Hills and 54 mph at Whitaker Peak, a mountain local, NWS meteorologists reported.

San Ana winds will develop Friday morning, according to the NWS.

A fire weather watch, indicating critical fire conditions are expected to occur, will be in effect from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon because of gusty northeast winds and relatively low humidity.

Keeping things warm and dry will be an upper level high pressure system that developed in the eastern Pacific and is expected to park itself over California on Saturday, forecasters said.

Temperature highs around the region on Thursday will generally range from the lower 80s to the lower 90s. But some valley temperatures are expected to climb into the high 90s on Friday.

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