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Wind And Cold To Continue This Week In LA

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A red flag warning has been issued for Los Angeles and Ventura counties as the threat of Santa Ana winds looms. (Stock photo by Garry Knight via Flickr Creative Commons)
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The intense Santa Ana winds that hit Los Angeles County over the weekend are expected to continue Monday and into Tuesday.

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According to the National Weather Service, the strongest winds are predicted to hit the L.A. and Ventura County mountains later Monday night, sustaining speeds of 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts as high as 50 miles an hour.

Affected areas are at an increased risk for downed trees and power outages. Some locations will see hazardous driving conditions and elevated fire danger.

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However, NWS meteorologist Kristen Stewart said the last few weeks' rain will temper the likelihood of a fire.

"That really increased the fuel moisture, so [it's] not as big of an issue," she said.

In addition to the winds, L.A. is likely facing a cold spell over the next few days. Temperatures in the L.A. Basin and the San Fernando Valley could drop to the low 40s tonight, while those in the Antelope Valley, L.A. County Mountains and Santa Clarita Valley could dip below 32 degrees.

A wind advisory will be in effect until 10 p.m. Tuesday night.