A combination of hot temperatures and strong Santa Ana winds on Sunday are expected to keep Southern California on high alert for fires through the remainder of the weekend, authorities said.
The National Weather Service forecast that temperatures in Los Angeles County on Sunday will climb to 93 downtown and 98 in Woodland Hills.
While winds in the region are unlikely to match Saturday’s, which saw gusts of 63 mph in the Newhall Pass, winds of 30 to 40 mph are expected through the afternoon.
The National Weather Service has issued red-flag warnings throughout Los Angeles County, except for the Antelope Valley.
Scott Sukup, a meteorologist with the agency, said the Santa Ana winds are likely to drop off Sunday evening into Monday morning.
“But if a fire starts today, it could still get out of control pretty quickly,” he said.
He said the strong gusts of Friday and Saturday brought the most dangerous fire weather conditions the region has seen in five or six years. Adding to the volatile mix is some of the driest vegetation on record, he said.
Monday and Tuesday will bring cooler temperatures, with possible showers on Wednesday making fire conditions much less dangerous, Sukup said.
“Once we get past today, they should drop off significantly,” he said. “By Tuesday or Wednesday, it will be pretty minimal.”