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KTLA weather: Windy and warmer

May 6, 2009 |  7:54 am


Upper-level winds have aligned with surface gradients to bring us gusty northwesterly winds. These winds fueled the Jesusita fire Tuesday afternoon and they will continue through Thursday. The National Weather Service is forecasting the winds to peak this evening.  A high-wind watch is in effect for Santa Barbara County this afternoon through Thursday morning, with winds expected to gust to 65 mph in the fire zone. A wind advisory is in effect through Thursday morning for the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and it may be extended to cover the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys.

A spectacular Southern California sunrise this morning signaled warmer weather ahead. Aside from patchy low clouds, mainly along the Orange County coast, skies are mostly clear, and they’ll remain that way all day. Higher pressure will allow valley temperatures to climb into the upper 80s and lower 90s.   The Los Angeles basin and the inland coastal plain should top out in the lower 80s. A slight sea breeze will help moderate coastal temperatures.

Thursday, the winds are expected to die down by afternoon on what will be one of the warmest days of the week. Daytime temperatures could hit the mid-90s in the warmest valleys. Highs at the beaches are expected to be in the mid-70s.

More details and the seven-day outlook at KTLA's weather blog.

-- Warren Hohmann