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Next two days to challenge firefighters in Southern California

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Very strong winds will develop across Ventura and Los Angeles counties over the next few nights and morning hours before relaxing a bit during the day.  Winds 20-40 with gusts as high as 70mph are possible, with fires already burning these conditions are nothing short of alarming.  This is the strongest and longest lasting Santa Ana wind event of 2017.

Santa Barbara County could also see winds 10-20 with gusts to 35 are possible along with the same very dry air 5-15% minimum relative humidities make fire starts a significant concern, so a Red Flag Warning has been posted into Friday morning.

As high pressure builds over the weekend the difference in pressure should start to relax a bit and local wind gusts will calm down, and to some extent the So Cal winds should also relax.

That high-pressure ridge sits on us thru next week and temps will be near 80 at the coastal valleys and lower 70s inland with no chance of rain until we near the 19th-20th of the month when models show at least a chance of rain and a changing pattern.  We need it, we are behind on rain.

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