Warm, dry conditions will elevate fire danger in Southland, forecasters say

Temperatures may rise into record territory Friday

1/14/2021 6:48:00 AM

Warm, dry conditions will elevate fire danger in Southland, forecasters say

Temperatures may rise into record territory Friday

Warm, dry, windy conditions will cause elevated to critical fire weather conditions in Southern California from Thursday through Saturday, the National Weather Service said.Red flag warnings have been issued for the mountains and valleys from Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon, and may be extended into Saturday, because of a combination of Santa Ana winds, warm temperatures, low humidity and persistently dry vegetation.

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Temperatures are expected to peak Friday at about 20 degrees above normal, said Kristen Stewart, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Oxnard.Another round of potentially strongeris likely Monday though Tuesday or Wednesday, forecasters said.

AdvertisementA conga line of strong storms has capered across the North Pacific, feeding moisture into the Pacific Northwest and delighting surfers with a steady diet of northwest swells this winter. The surf has reached Southern California, but very little rain has. High pressure has been keeping the rain to the north, and that high would need to break down before the Southland could get some of the moisture, according to Stewart. headtopics.com

On Tuesday, an “exceptional”atmospheric riverhosed down the Pacific Northwest, causing flooding downpours and strong winds. Strong atmospheric rivers — plumes of moisture that often come from the tropics — like the one Tuesday occur only once or twice a year along the West Coast.

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