Strong Santa Ana winds again will sweep the Southland today amid low humidity, and a red flag warning indicating a high risk of wildfire will be in force in much of the region.
The red flag warning will be in effect until 8 p.m. Tuesday in Orange County. National Weather Service forecasters warned it may have to be extended everywhere.
Along the coast, the winds should be around 15 mph this afternoon, but forecasters say another offshore blow is expected Tuesday.
Metro area highs are forecast to range from the low 80s at the beaches to the mid 90s inland.
NWS forecasters warned that the week would be marked by a prolonged period of hot, very dry conditions, with highs in the 100s possible Tuesday and Wednesday, along with record highs.
The NWS warned area residents to protect themselves and those around them during the heat wave by staying hydrated, wearing lightweight clothing and checking on neighbors, especially the elderly.
Today, "the combination of gusty Santa Ana winds, hot temperatures and single-digit humidities will bring extreme fire danger to the region," warned an NWS advisory.
"Gusty winds can make travel difficult and bring down tree branches," warned an NWS advisory. "When driving, use extra caution. Be prepared for sudden gusty cross winds."
Today's forecast called for sunny skies and highs of 77 in San Clemente; 85 in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach; 90 in Yorba Linda, Mission Viejo and Fullerton; and 91 in Irvine.
--City News Service