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Red-flag warning to persist along with dry, hot weather

September 26, 2009 |  5:47 pm

Fire weather will continue in Southern California's mountain and foothill areas through Sunday night, forecasters said, as dry and hot conditions persist for the rest of the weekend.

The National Weather Service extended its red-flag warning through Sunday night for mountain and foothill areas in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The red-flag warning, which alerts fire departments to critical fire conditions, had been expected to expire tonight. 

Continued high pressure over Southern California brought another day of heat today for inland areas, with temperatures up to 90 degrees in downtown Los Angeles, 100 in Pasadena, 105 in Northridge, 106 in Chino and 110 in Rialto. Beach cities enjoyed cooler weather, with highs of only 70 in Malibu and 71 in Redondo Beach.

The area of high pressure will begin to shift eastward Sunday, but the cooling effect of the sea breeze is not expected to arrive until Monday, when highs will dip into the 70s and 80s in the Los Angeles Basin, and 80s and 90s in the Antelope, Santa Clarita, San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys and the Inland Empire. 

“Mother Nature’s working on it,” said Bill Hoffer, a spokesman for the National Weather Service office in Oxnard.

—Rong-Gong Lin II