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SoCal on Alert for High Winds Through Friday

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Blustery, dry conditions are currently sweeping through many parts of Southern California, from San Diego to Ventura counties.

According to City News Service, red flag warnings have been issued for the mountains and valleys of Los Angeles and Ventura counties (except the San Gabriel Valley), while warnings will come into effect from 8 p.m. tonight for the Santa Monica Mountains and from 5 a.m. tomorrow for the Ventura County coast and parts of the Los Angeles County coast. All warnings should be lifted at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Residents can expect gusty winds of up to 35 mph and relative low humidity. Combined, these conditions create an increased risk of fire in areas such as the San Fernando Valley, where temperatures are expected to hit nearly 100 degrees on Thursday and Friday. (As we posted this story, firefighters were still battling a 150-acre brush fire in Banning, Riverside County, which has already led to the evacuation of some residents.)

Further south, the valleys and mountains of San Diego County have a wind advisory in effect from midnight tonight to 6 p.m. tomorrow, with isolated gusts over 60 mph possible.