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Hot weather, strong winds prompt fire warnings across Southland

November 4, 2012 |  1:52 pm

Red-flag warnings were still scheduled for parts of Southern California on Sunday as warmer-than-normal temperatures and gusty winds prompted concerns about fires across the region.

The warnings will go into effect for mountain regions in Los Angeles and Ventura counties at 7 p.m. Sunday and will last through 4 p.m. Monday, said David Sweet, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The Santa Monica Mountains will also be under a red-flag warning beginning 10 p.m. Sunday.

Forecasters are particularly concerned about the combination of low humidity, high temperatures and winds between 15 and 25 mph that could gust up to 40 mph, Sweet said. The strongest winds should hit late Sunday night into Monday, he added.

Temperatures rose across much of the region Sunday, climbing into the low 90s in downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach, Sweet said.

Monday was expected to be even hotter, with forecast highs of 90 degrees in downtown Los Angeles and 87 degrees in Burbank. Sweet said those numbers "might be tweaked" and could creep closer toward record temperatures, which are 94 degrees for downtown and 93 for Burbank.

But relief is in sight. Temperatures are expected to dip into the mid-50s or mid-60s by the end of the week, Sweet said, with a slight chance of showers.

"We'll be going from well-above normal temperatures to well-below," he said.

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