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Gusty winds expected rest of week, with warm temperatures rolling in for weekend

By in Press Enterprise on December 4, 2017

By Lauren Williams

Parts of Southern California could see gusts reaching 80 miles per hour this week, with residents asked to take extra precautions to avoid any uncontrolled fires.

The windiest times of the week could be through Tuesday morning, with the Los Angeles Basin enduring gusts of 35 mph. The foothills, including such stretches as Pasadena, however, could experience even stronger winds.

A sign in Lyle Creek informs the public that the fire danger is extreme all this week as the Santa Ana winds return on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.
(Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Less-populated areas will see the strongest gusts, with Rialto, Fontana and other communities likely to get them at 55-60 mph, said Brandt Maxwell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Santa Ana and Riverside are tabbed for 45 mph.

The gusts come as Southern California has caught a fraction of its typical rain for the season, so the region is dry and the winds create dangerous wildfire conditions.

“Basically, the real key is to make sure you don’t set any outdoor fires, don’t barbecue,” Maxwell said. “Obviously, don’t ever throw cigarettes out the window. Don’t do anything that could create sparks like (cutting) down trees. Make sure your car is in good working order – the last thing we need is a car fire.”

Calmness won’t last long.

A second wind surge is expected Wednesday night into Thursday, lasting into the weekend in some regions.

Temperatures Thursday and Friday are expected to reach the high 70s, from Long Beach to Ontario, with even Newport Beach projected to hit 73 degrees. Region-wide, lows are expected in the high 40s.

A student hair blows in the wind as she walks the campus of Cal State San Bernardino on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.  (Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)A student hair blows in the wind as she […]    

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