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'Damaging' Santa Ana Winds To Sweep L.A. Thursday Night Through Saturday

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Los Angeles' mythic Santa Ana winds will be making their return Thursday night, with strong gusts set to bedevil the city through Saturday.

These Santa Anas will be chillier than normal, with the cool, dry air blowing in from the east. National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Sirard told LAist that highs for the next few days will likely be in the 60s. Wind chills could drop into the 30s in portions of the coast and valleys on Friday night, with values into the single digits and teens up in the mountains.

The combination of heavy winds and very low humidity will make for extreme fire danger, with a red flag warning in place beginning Friday at noon.

Angelenos can expect the winds to be strongest from Friday afternoon into the night. Widespread "damaging" wind gusts of 60 to 80 mph are expected in the mountains, "while coastal and valley areas will likely see damaging wind gusts of 40 to 60 mph," according to the National Weather Service.

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The coming #LAWind could also lead to widespread downed trees and power lines, as well as possible power outages, so make sure you have your flashlights handy.

Related: Ask A Native Angeleno: What Makes The 'Santa Ana Winds' Different From Regular Old Wind?