An early-season heat wave has southern Californians cranking up the air conditioners this week. On top of the heat, Santa Ana winds will produce increased fire dangers throughout drought-stricken southern California.
The heat wave is expected to last through Friday. Inland valley locations will see high temperatures spike into the 80s and 90s each afternoon, with highs possibly reaching triple digits in some areas such as Los Angeles, Anaheim, Ontario, and San Diego, CA. These temperatures are 20 to 25 degrees warmer than average for late April and early May.
Additionally, Santa Ana winds will blow across the mountains and foothills from north of Los Angeles southward into the greater San Diego area. Wind speeds in generally will be around 20 mph, with gusts approaching 30-40 mph at times. Sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph are possible, with gusts of 45-55 mph. These gusty winds will make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles. Power outages are possible, and with dropping humidity there is an increased risk of wildfires.
High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories are in effect throughout southern California. The wind risk is expected to diminish early Friday, even though the unseasonably warm weather will continue through Friday afternoon. More comfortable temperatures will return to southern California this weekend!
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The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team