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Santa Ana winds, warm weather could hit Southern California by weekend

September 21, 2010 |  8:03 pm

The National Weather Service is predicting that Santa Ana winds could hit Southern California by the weekend, increasing the threat of brush fires.

A low-pressure area has  been keeping temperatures cooler than normal across the region, but the weather pattern is expected to shift by Saturday as warm, dry winds begin to blow, according to the weather service.

The agency cautioned that its weather forecast could change by weekend but added that Southern California residents should brace for warmer weather and single-digit relative humidity.

"This appears to be our first Santa Ana wind event of the season, and fire agencies should pay close attention to the forecasts over the next few days and start preparations for a lengthy period of hot, dry and occasionally windy conditions, " the weather service said Tuesday afternoon.

-- Robert J. Lopez