Strong Winds Expected To Weaken Heading Into Tuesday


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Forecasters downgraded a high wind warning in Southern California to a high wind watch today, with gusts expected to diminish in strength heading into Tuesday.

Moderate Santa Ana winds are forecast in the mountains and the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys on Monday, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Curt Kaplan.

Sustained winds of 20-30 mph are expected with gusts of 50-55 mph, Kaplan said.

The northeast winds mean warmer temperatures along the coast. Mid-70s are forecast for the coastal areas with low- to mid-70s inland and in the valleys and upper 50s in the Antelope Valley, Kaplan said.

Sustained winds will remain at 20-30 mph Tuesday but gusts will drop to 35-45 mph in the morning, then diminish, he said.

High temperatures will be in the upper 60s in coastal areas and lower 70s in valley areas, Kaplan said.

Similar conditions are forecast for Orange County, the NWS said.

Sunday saw strong gusts of 96 mph at Whitaker Peak in the Angeles National Forest near Castaic and 70 mph at Boney Mountain near Newbury Park, Kaplan said.

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