Santa Ana winds will make a return to San Diego County Friday, combining with low humidity levels and warm temperatures to create the potential for dangerous, wind-driven wildfires.
A red flag warning will be in effect from 3 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday for San Diego County mountains and inland valleys.
“Gusty offshore winds and low humidities will elevate the fire weather threat Friday,” according to the National Weather Service. “The strongest northeast winds will be in the mountain passes and foothills, and in the Inland Empire below the Cajon Pass with gusts from 35 to 45 mph.”
Forecasters said afternoon humidity levels in San Diego County will fall to about 15 to 20 percent on Friday, elevating the fire danger. Northeast winds will blow at 15 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 45 mph, forecasters said.
“Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly,” forecasters said.
San Diego County residents were urged to avoid outdoor burning during the warning.
High temperatures Thursday were expected to be 82 to 87 degrees in the western valleys, 76 to 81 degrees near the foothills and 67 to 73 in the mountains.
— City News Service
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