Winds trigger red-flag fire warnings for deserts, mountains

A low-pressure system moving inland is expected to bring gusty west winds, warm temperatures and a higher risk of fire Tuesday to the region’s mountains and deserts areas, according to the National Weather Service.

Wind and red-flag warnings — signaling strong winds and low relative humidity — have been posted for the Antelope and Coachella valleys and surrounding areas, where 20-to-30-mph winds are forecast with gusts up to 55 mph in some places. Motorists with high-profile vehicles are advised to use extra caution.

Temperatures are expected to be 95 to 100 degrees. Forecasts call for 5% to 10% humidity.

Weather service officials said the winds are expected to diminish overnight starting at about 8 p.m. Overnight temperatures will drop into the 70s.

Along the coast, a small-craft advisory has been issued due to patchy fog and gusty winds between 15 and 20 knots with gusts to 25 knots. The winds are expected to increase overnight to 15 to 25 knots with gusts to 30 mph.

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-- Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times

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