Pacific Beach on Friday
A woman wearing a dress depicting an American flag is seen on Pacific Beach earlier in 2020. REUTERS/Bing Guan

Breezy Santa Ana winds that began Thursday afternoon promise to warm up the San Diego region into the New Year’s weekend.

“Gusty north winds will develop this afternoon and continue into Friday morning,” according to the National Weather Service office in San Diego. “It will be a little warmer for Friday and Saturday, then a little cooler for Sunday.”

Peak gusts of 45 mph are likely, with some reaching 55 mph in wind-prone passes and canyons. Because of the recent rain and snow, there are no fire weather concerns.

Highs Friday are forecast to be 66 to 71 along the coast, 69 in the western valleys, 61 to 66 near the foothills, 50 to 58 in the mountains and 67 to 72 in the deserts.

An incoming west-northwest swell will increase surf over the weekend through early next week, generating a high rip current risk, according to the weather service. Surf will generally range from 4 to 6 feet, but sets up to 8 feet possible are possible at the southernmost beaches.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.