Gusty Santa Ana winds are sweeping southern California and are a cause for concern

Winds, high fire hazard in LA County

A wind warning applies to parts of Los Angeles County from 3:00 a.m. this morning through 2:00 p.m. Friday.

Santa Ana winds blew across southern California Thursday, clearing the sky and causing concern.

Forecasters did not issue any warning messages, but predicted increased to briefly critical fire weather conditions.

Record high temperatures were forecast for most coastal and valley locations by Friday.

Weather forecast for Friday November 12th

The latest forecast for the Greater Los Angeles area, including beaches, valleys, and desert areas.

A slow cooling trend will begin on Sunday as the high pressure that creates the offshore winds ease, but temperatures will stay above normal until early next week, the National Weather Service said.

A wind warning applies to parts of Los Angeles County through 3:00 a.m. Thursday morning through 2:00 p.m. Friday.

The National Weather Service in Los Angeles reported on Twitter that winds reached 63 miles per hour at Whitaker Peak in the LA County’s mountains. In the mountains of San Luis Obispo County, gusts reached 54 miles per hour at Mount Lowe.

The wind recommendation is for the mountains of Los Angeles County with the exception of the Santa Monica Range.

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It is in effect in Acton, Mount Wilson, Sandberg, Santa Clarita, Newhall, Valencia, Woodland Hills, Northridge, Burbank, and Universal City.

Winds from the northeast are expected to be between 20 mph and 30 mph with gusts up to 80 mph.

According to the National Weather Service, gusty winds can blow over unsecured objects and make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles. Branches can be blown over and power outages can occur.

The strongest winds will be in the Santa Clarita Valley, northwestern San Fernando Valley, and the Santa Susanna Mountains.

The wind warning applies to the coastal LA County and downtown areas, including Malibu, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Long Beach.

North winds are expected to reach between 15 and 25 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 miles per hour.

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CNS contributed to this report.

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