Santa Ana winds bring red-flag warning for mountain areas
Gusty winds and low relative humidity are crucial for fires, said Jayme Laber, a hydrologist for the weather service, but he noted that red-flag warnings, including the one beginning at 3 p.m. today, are simply meant to alert fire agencies and do not indicate danger.
"Everything is normal," he said. "Just be on alert, and if you see smoke, report it."
The same offshore winds that create potential fire conditions will decrease the marine layer, Laber said. Those winds will also leave conditions windy in the mountains and breezy in the valleys, he said.
On the coast, temperatures are forecast to reach the upper 60s to low 70s, while inland temperatures in the low-to-mid 70s are expected.
-- Matt Stevens
Image: An illustration of the Santa Ana wind pattern and the conditions it could produce. Credit: National Weather Service