High winds, high temperatures, low humidity and very dry vegetation recently could result in “elevated fire danger” in parts of the Southland through the weekend, National Weather Service (NWS) officials warned today.
“The potential for rapid growth and extreme fire behavior will continue for existing fires and for any new fire that occurs,” the NWS stated. “Extreme caution is advised in all activities that take place in or near brushy areas.”
Monsoonal moisture is expected to appear in the area over the weekend from the southeast, creating a slight chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms throughout the Antelope Valley and the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, according to the statement.
Limited moisture is expected to create a risk of dry lightning accompanying any thunderstorm through Sunday. According to the statement, as moisture increases on Monday, so will the chance of rain.
Today Long Beach saw highs of 89 degrees with other areas, such as Palmdale, peaking at 109 degrees.
Somewhat lower temperatures, about 3 or 4 degrees, are expected in many communities starting Saturday.