Fire Weather: High Temps and Winds Mean Summer in November
Gusty winds plus low humidity plus hot temps equals not only a summer-in-November feeling, but also a significant fire danger in the Los Angeles area.
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning that will remain in place Monday until 4 p.m. for the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
From the NWS:
A strong upper level ridge of high pressure combined with offshore flow near the surface will bring locally breezy offshore winds along with very warm and dry conditions today. This in combination with critically dry fuels will bring elevated fire danger to much of the region today.
Combine those winds--expected to let fly with gusts of 30 to 40 MPH in some places--with the very low humidity, and we have what the NWS calls "fire weather." And if a fire does break out, these weather conditions mean that fire can spread very quickly.
Temps will be in the high 80s across the lower elevations, but will get up into the 90s in some places like the Valleys. Feel free to double check your calendar--it IS November. Chillier reminders will come courtesy cool nighttime temps, and, by Wednesday, we will see a cooling trend, with temps easing down into the upper 60s and low 70s in the region.