Forecasters say Southern California will have several days of Santa Ana winds this week and that could create critical fire weather conditions.

The National Weather Service says Santa Anas will develop by early Thursday and continue through Saturday, bringing warming and very dry conditions back to the region.

Long Beach is expected to see a high of 85 degrees on Friday and a high of 84 degrees on Saturday before temperatures cool to about 75 degrees on Sunday.

The northeast winds are expected to be moderate to locally strong across Ventura and Los Angeles counties but weaker in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

In the inland region, moderate-strength Santa Anas are expected Thursday, with weakening on Friday and becoming localized on Saturday.

The forecast calls for onshore flow to return to the area Sunday with noticeable cooling.