More strong winds for Friday and Saturday in Southern California – Orange County Register

Another round of gusty Santa Ana winds is expected to hit Southern California late Friday, November 18 and into Saturday, raising renewed concerns about the possibility of wildfires spreading rapidly.

National Weather Service forecasters said the mountains could be hit by 40 to 60 mph northeast winds, with localized gusts reaching 70 mph in some peaks and ravines. The strongest wind is expected on Saturday morning. Winds of 30 to 50 mph are expected in other affected areas, with gusts of up to 60 mph possible.

The Weather Service issued a fire weather warning that will be in effect from 1 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, particularly wind-prone locations along coastal mountain slopes and below passes in Orange County and the Inland Empire and along the coast of Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley and the Santa Monica Mountains.

Humidity will drop to 12 to 20 percent, creating six or more hours of critical fire weather conditions on Saturday, the weather service said.

“Residents near wildland interfaces should prepare now for what to do if wildfire breaks out,” the weather service said.

Local residents can learn more about the development of evacuation plans at

High weekend temperatures are forecast for the low to mid 70s in Orange County (a few degrees cooler along the coast), low 70s in Inland Empire and Los Angeles counties, and 30s to 50s in the Southern California mountains. More strong winds for Friday and Saturday in Southern California – Orange County Register

Dais Johnston

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