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SAN DIEGO - Gusty Santa Ana forecast for parts of San Diego County are expected to combine with warmer temperatures and low humidity to up the risk for wildfires early this week.  

The National Weather Service issued warnings for the valley and mountain areas Monday -- a red flag warning and a high wind warning.

A red flag warning denotes a combination of weather conditions that could contribute to extreme fire behavior, including strong winds and very low humidity. A high wind warning is issued whenever there are winds strong enough to cause property damage.

The Weather Service scheduled the red flag warning for valley and mountain areas from 4 a.m. today to 6 p.m. Wednesday, saying humidity levels will fall into the single digits each day, with poor overnight recovery expected through Thanksgiving. The high wind warning was scheduled from 4 p.m. today to noon Wednesday.

Sustained winds today were expected to be out of the northeast and blow at 25 to 35 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 60 mph. Motorists were warned to watch for broken tree limbs and other debris on the roadways.


1 Comment

  • sharec13

    Please tell the weather man that San Diegans prefer Santa Ana winds. Santana winds just sounds stupid. I heard him either was correct. Whatever. San Diegans say Santa Ana

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