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L.A. area weather to stay warm and windy

A red-flag warning is in effect until late Monday afternoon for much of Los Angeles and Ventura counties amid above-normal temperatures and wind gusts of up to 50 mph in the mountains.

The warning, which indicates higher than normal fire danger, will be in effect until 4 p.m. and applies to the mountains in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, as well as the region's valleys, weather officials said.

National Weather Service meteorologist David Sweet also warned truck drivers to beware of strong crosswinds.

Combined with low humidity levels, temperatures throughout Los Angeles County are forecast to be higher than normal. While the "normal" for downtown L.A. this time of year is 68 degrees, Sweet said Monday's high will be 78.

In Long Beach and Burbank, the high is forecast to be 79 degrees and at LAX the temperature is expected to reach 77 degrees.

Lows will be in the upper 40s to mid-50s throughout the L.A. County area, Sweet said.

Conditions are expected to stay warm into Tuesday, and then Wednesday and Thursday will be cooler, dropping down to the upper 60s to around 70.

"Then by Friday into the weekend, we'll go warmer again with another wind event," Sweet said.

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