Southern California is high and dry, as rare February Santa Ana winds blow through the region.
A wind advisory was in effect for San Diego County mountains, coastal foothills and inland valleys through 2 p.m. Monday.
Those areas could experience sustained winds near 20 mph, with gusts (in the windprone passes) to 40 mph.
“The worst of the wind is happening this morning,” said NBC 7’s Meteorologist Jodi Kodesh. “Though we will still be quite windy today, the wind will lesson throughout the course of the day. Tomorrow will be breezy.”
It is extremely dry. Humidity percentages were in the 30s overnight, nearly half of average. Percentages will drop into the teens, and possibly single digits, this afternoon.
Areas just to the north of San Diego are experiencing far greater winds and much drier conditions.
Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties have been placed under a High Wind Warning until 2 pm. Periods of gusty northeast winds of 20 to 30 mph are possible, with gusts in excess of 55 mph.
Critically dry and windy conditions in Los Angeles and Ventura counties have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Red Flag Warning, meaning fire danger is elevated.
A Red Flag Warning is issued when a combination of high winds, low humidity and high temperatures are present.
Southern California beaches are expected to reach the low to mid 80s today. Inland areas will be just under 90 degrees. Downtown San Diego is forecast to reach 81 degrees. Los Angeles will soar to 88 degrees.
“Temperatures across the Southland will be 10 to 20 degrees above average,” said Kodesh. “Though temperatures will trend downward, this week, we will remain above average through the weekend.”