Southern California Faces "Elevated Fire Danger''

Los Angeles March Heat Wave Shatters Records

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Much of L.A. County will enjoy cooler temperatures today, but low humidity and strong, gusty winds will combine to create “elevated fire danger” in some mountain areas and interior valleys, forecasters said.

Vulnerable areas will include parts of the San Gabriel Mountains and the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys, said NWS Weather Specialist Bonnie Bartling. Very hot weather will return toward the end of the week.

Forecasters said they expect wind gusts of 25-35 miles per hour, isolated 45-mph gusts in parts of the Antelope Valley, and humidity levels of 10-25%. They urged area residents to take precautions, including avoiding the use of weed trimmers and power tools outdoors.

The NWS forecast a combination of partly cloudy and sunny skies in L.A. County today and highs of 64 in Avalon; 73 at LAX; 78 in Long Beach; 81 in Downtown L.A.; 83 on Mount Wilson; 87 in Pasadena, San Gabriel and Burbank; 92 in Saugus; 93 in Woodland Hills; and 99 in Palmdale and Lancaster.

Partly Cloudy and sunny skies were also forecast in Orange County, along with highs of 73 in Laguna Beach and San Clemente; 74 in Newport Beach; 81 on Santiago Peak; 84 in Fullerton and on Ortega Highway at 2,600 feet; 85 in Mission Viejo and Irvine; 87 in Anaheim; and 88 in Fremont Canyon and Trabuco Canyon.

Temperatures will rise slightly over the coming days.

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