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Critical Fire Danger And Santa Ana Winds Sweeping The Southland

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You may not need a weatherman to tell you which way the [metaphorical] wind blows, but, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Robbie Munroe, the Southland is expected to see sustained north to northeast wind traveling at 15 to 30 miles per hour Thursday. Angelenos can also expect to see gusts of up to 45 miles per hour, in what Munroe describes as "a moderate Santa Ana event."

The combination of gusty winds and very low relative humidity will make for critical fire danger conditions, and a red flag warning will remain in effect until 6 p.m. Friday. We totally understand if the state of America is making you want to cry and drive through the canyons while listening to Joni Mitchell, but please, please don't throw any lit cigarettes out your car window while you're at it. A high surf advisory will also be in effect through 3 p.m. Thursday.

"We're seeing some of our stronger wind gusts through the San Fernando Valley into the Santa Monica Mountains," Munroe told LAist. Although the wind advisory does include downtown Los Angeles, the #LAWind will really be felt from the Malibu area up into the Hollywood Hills.

According to Munroe, the winds will peak from now through the mid-afternoon. We're expected to see a brief lull this evening, before the winds pick back up later tonight through tomorrow early afternoon. The National Weather Service did not want to discuss whether or not the winds were related to the aftermath of the election or any type of End Times situation because they are a government agency and do not comment on politics.

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