Wind turbines spin at the
Wind turbines spin at the Ocotillo facility in Imperial County. Photo by Chris Stone

Santa Ana winds are forecast to continue through Saturday morning in San Diego County, with gusts reaching 45 mph, the National Weather Service said.

After weakening Wednesday night, the winds are expected to strengthen on Thursday and peak on Friday.

A high wind watch will be in effect for the western valleys and mountains from Thursday night until Friday night.

“Offshore flow will prevail into early Saturday, with a period of gusty Santa Ana winds from the east peaking Friday,” the weather service said.

During this period temperatures will gradually rise, but cooler weather, clouds and a chance of rain are in the forecast beginning late Saturday.

“A slow cooling trend and cloudier weather weather will return Saturday, bringing a chance of light showers to the mountains,” the weather service said. “Cooler and breezy conditions are expected into next week.”

Temperatures on Thursday will be a few degrees higher, with highs of 65 to 70 near the coast, 71 inland, around 73 in the western valleys, 66 to 71 near the foothills, 55 to 64 in the mountains and around 73 in the deserts.

Chris Jennewein

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