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Cooler temperatures, high winds coming to Southern California

October 26, 2009 |  8:51 am

A cold front is expected to arrive Tuesday in Southern California, bringing a sharp drop in temperatures and potentially damaging winds, National Weather Service officials said today.

Temperatures are expected to drop 15 to 20 degrees, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service center in Oxnard. That would bring temperatures, in general, to the mid-60s and low 70s Tuesday.

Wednesday is expected to be mostly sunny with highs in the mid-60s, and Halloween weekend will be mostly clear with lows in the mid 50s and highs in the 70s.

Winds in the mountain and desert regions could get winds with speeds from 25 to 35 mph, with gusts likely up to 55 mph and possibly as high as 70 mph. Those winds are expected to move to the San Gabriel Mountains by Tuesday evening.

The winds also will affect the San Fernando Valley, the Santa Monica Mountains, the coastal strip between Malibu and Leo Carrillo Beach and the south coast of Santa Barbara County, according to a weather service wind advisory.

“When [winds] get that high, they can pick up lawn furniture, dust, sand and blow them around,” Seto said.

He advised residents in those areas to “put away things that can be easily lifted, and if you have to travel that day, be careful. Watch for things in the road.”

The strongest winds are expected Tuesday night through early Wednesday morning. High-wind watches and warnings will likely be issued within the next 12 to 24 hours, weather officials said in the advisory.

-- Baxter Holmes

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