What to Know
- Gusts over 50 miles per hour were recorded in San Diego's mountains
- The Santa Ana winds will warm temperatures Monday
- It will be colder and less windy by Wednesday
Powerful winds upwards of 50 miles per hour were recorded in San Diego County Monday amid a High Wind Warning for the region's mountain passes and foothills.
The strongest wind gust before 9:30 a.m. was recorded on Sill Hill at 77 miles per hour. Alpine saw a gust of 64 mph and Palomar Mountain saw a gust of 56 mph.
While winds were likely to diminish as the day progressed, a high wind warning and a wind advisory would remain in effect until noon on Tuesday for the mountains and inland valleys.
The strong gusts were expected to affect drivers on Interstate 8 from Alpine to the Imperial County line, according to CalTrans.
The Santa Ana winds were pushing heat from the east, warming temperatures for all areas of San Diego County, though conditions to create wildfires were unlikely, NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said.
The high wind warning will make driving conditions difficult for high profile vehicles on Interstate 8 through the mountains, on Highway 78 from Ramona to Julian, and on Highway 94 from Jamul to Campo, NWS said.
Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result, NWS said.
Winds will slowly diminish by Tuesday night. Wednesday winds will be calmer, and temperatures will be significantly cooler as an onshore flow returns, NBC 7 Weathercaster Llarisa Abreu said.