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As Rainstorm Moves Out of San Diego County, Santa Ana Winds and Fire Risk Move in

Even with the warm-up, temperatures would still be below average for this time of year

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The disturbance that produced showers over the weekend in San Diego County was predicted to move east on Monday, setting up for some weak Santa Ana winds, the National Weather Service said.

Thick clouds from the weekend were expected to clear out from San Diego County Monday as an offshore wind pattern returned to the region.

"Temperatures are going to be warming up slightly along the coastline and we have those clear skies back in the forecast and that's because we have some pretty significant offshore flow for our inland valleys," NBC 7 weathercaster Brooke Martell said.

Even with the warm-up, temperatures would still be below average for this time of year.

Fire weather conditions were predicted to be elevated Monday in the windier pass areas, and could even be briefly critical around midday when little to no rain has fallen. The chance for a red flag warning to be issued were slim, the NWS said.

Winds were expected in the 35 mph range and were "just under the threshold for a wind advisory to be issued," Martell said. "But this is going to push some dry and warmer air over our inland valley communities and our coastline."

The Santa Ana wind event was expected to be short-lived. Winds may weaken on Monday afternoon, and good relative humidity recovery was expected for Monday night, with further recovery Tuesday.

A beach hazards statement was issued through Tuesday morning for San Diego County coastal areas.

A long period of south-southwest swell from 190 degrees and a west-northwest swell from 280 degrees was expected to generate surf of 4 to 6 feet. The highest surf was expected Sunday. Strong rip currents could be hazardous to swimmers.

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