Southland Heat Wave Enters Second Week


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Gusty cross winds will swirl in the Southland today, with the strongest in the Interstate-5 corridor in the San Gabriel mountains, as the region continues to bake in above-normal temperatures for a second week.

“Potential impacts for the area include: downed power lines and trees, hazardous driving conditions for high profile vehicles, and sporadic power outages,” warned the National Weather Service.

A wind advisory is in force in the San Gabriel Mountains until 9 a.m. Tuesday, with northwest winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour, producing gusts of up to 50 mph, said the NWS.

“Gusty winds will blow around unsecured objects and make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles,” warned the NWS. “Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result,”it warned, saying roads affected by the wind will include Highway 33 in Ventura County and both Interstate 5 and the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway in L.A. County.

“Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high- profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects,” urged the NWS.

The heat wave that began last week is the Southland's first of the year. It will produce highs in the 80s today and the 90s in several communities on Tuesday, though not in Orange County.

Offshore, a gale will be in effect until 3 a.m. Wednesday amid northwest winds of 25 to 35 knots per hour and combined seas of up to 9 to 2 feet, according to the NWS. Sailors were urged not to leave port in these conditions.

The NWS forecast partly cloudy skies today and highs of 72 on Mount Wilson; 74 at LAX; 77 in Avalon and Long Beach; 80 in Downtown L.A.; 83 in Burbank; 84 in San Gabriel and Pasadena; 86 in Palmdale and Lancaster; 87 in Saugus; and 88 in Woodland Hills. Temperatures will rise into the 90s in several communities Tuesday, reaching 96 in Woodland Hills and 95 in Saugus, slip to the low 90s Wednesday, then the 80s through at least Sunday.

A combination of sunny and partly cloudy skies was forecast in Orange County, along with highs of 66 on Santiago Peak; 70 in San Clemente and Laguna Beach; 71 in Newport Beach; 73 on Ortega Highway at 2,600 feet; 76 at Fremont Canyon; 80 in Mission Viejo; 81 in Fullerton; and 82 in Yorba Linda, Mission Viejo, Irvine and Anaheim. Temperatures will remain in the 80s through Sunday in most communities, with no highs in the 90s expected.

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