A surfer at Windansea. Photo by Chris Stone
A surfer at Windansea. Photo by Chris Stone

Fair, dry, and warmer weather was predicted to prevail in San Diego County this week as Santa Ana conditions develop, the National Weather Service said Sunday.

Strong high pressure over the Great Basin and low pressure offshore were expected to create gusty winds at times below the passes and canyons, forecasters said. Temperatures were likely to be above average through at least midweek, with some cooling expected by week’s end as stalled low pressure over the Pacific is drawn closer to the coast.

There was some uncertainty regarding precipitation chances, but the pattern continues to favor dry weather over Southern California through next weekend, the NWS said.

High temperatures Monday are predicted to be 70 to 75 near the coast, 74 to 79 inland, 75 to 80 in the western valleys, 66 to 71 near the foothills, 54 to 62 in the mountains and around 71 in the deserts.

At the beaches, high surf and strong rip currents were likely Tuesday through Thursday from a west swell of 4-5 feet, the NWS said. This could bring surf of 8 feet or more to west-facing beaches.

Updated at 8 a.m., Monday, Jan. 10, 2022

City News Service contributed to this article.