With high winds rolling in and low humidity, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag warning for San Diego that’s expected to last through Monday afternoon.
NBC 7’s Greg Bledsoe said the Red Flag warning begins Sunday at 7 p.m. and runs through 4 p.m. Monday.
“With sustained winds between 15 and 25 mph, this will not be a major wind event. However, relative humidity below ten percent in some places will create dangerous fire conditions,” explained Bledsoe.
The National Weather Service says the warning is for San Diego County coastal areas, valleys, deserts and mountains. The Red Flag warning also pertains to other parts of Southern California, including San Bernardino and Riverside County, the Santa Ana mountains and Coachella Valley.
With weak to moderate offshore winds developing, combined with very warm and dry conditions, the NWS said the danger of wildfires is elevated.
NBC’S Bledsoe said the warmer temperatures will stick around through Tuesday. After that, the temperatures will cool down each day through the weekend and may even result in some rain by the end of the week.
Sunday’s local weather warning comes on the heels of another Red Flag alert issued last week.
Several fires sparked during that Red Flag period – including a fire in Rancho San Diego – but local fire crews were extremely prepared and quickly tackled each blaze before they could spread or cause any significant damage.