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Fire weather watch issued for Southland areas

September 9, 2011 |  9:03 pm

Weather

A "fire weather watch" was issued late Friday for the mountain areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties starting Saturday afternoon, officials said.

“There’s some critical fire weather conditions forecast. So we’re looking at the potential for some dry thunderstorms starting Saturday afternoon through Sunday” morning, said Bonnie Bartling, a weather specialist at the National Weather Service’s Los Angeles/Oxnard station.

It should be a relatively cool weekend in downtown Los Angeles. Bartling said that there are forecasts for “significant cooling” Saturday and that the predicted high in downtown L.A. will be four degrees lower than Friday’s mark of 81 degrees.

Burbank, which had a high of 84 degrees on Friday, should cool down to a high of 79 on Saturday, Bartling said.

She also said there was a small chance of showers -- fueled by low-pressure systems slowly moving into the area  -- starting Friday night, but that it’s a roughly 10% possibility.

“Just a chance,” Bartling said.

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Photo: Although downtown Los Angeles will be cooler this weekend, prompting many to get outside and enjoy the pleasant weather, other areas of the Southland will be under a fire watch. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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