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UPDATE: Red Flag Warning issued Saturday at Thomas Fire

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UPDATE (10:00 A.M.) - The National Weather Service has allowed a Red Flag Warning to expire Friday morning near the Thomas Fire but meteorologists say high fire danger returns early Saturday. 

Thomas Fire incident meteorologist Rich Thompson warns gusty Santa Ana winds will produce critical fire weather this weekend.

Forecasters have reduced a Red Flag Warning to a Fire Weather Watch for 16 hours along the Santa Barbara County mountains and Ventura County thanks to weakening offshore winds.

This reduction breaks the longest recorded Red Flag Warning in Southern California. 

The NWS has issued the critical fire weather advisory every day for the last 12 days. 

However, the warning will go back into effect Saturday at 2:00 a.m. and remain in effect until at least 10:00 p.m.

North to northeast winds 15-30 mph are expected to increase Friday night into Saturday according to the National Weather Service. 

Winds may gust 40 mph in the mountains and foothills, with stronger gusts at times.

Humidities will remain dangerously low, measuring between 10-10 percent tonight into Saturday. 

On the eastern side of the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, a strong northeasterly wind push will pick up Saturday. 

The threat of Santa Ana winds and low humidities will increase Saturday night into Sunday across Ventura County. 

Winds will gust 35-55 mph. 


Look for sunny skies Friday with continued above-normal highs.  

Winds will decrease briefly and highs will range from the 70s at the beaches to around 80 degrees inland.  

Sundowner winds are expected to develop by late tonight into Saturday morning.

Northerly sustained winds could top 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph.  

Lows will drop into the 30s and 40s with the exception of the mountains where overnight lows will remain in the 50s.
    
The main weather story for Saturday will be the northerly winds developing once again, increasing the fire danger locally.  

By late Saturday into Sunday, the pattern shifts to a Santa Ana (north easterly winds). 

For Ventura and Los Angeles counties, north to northeast winds will start up during the day Saturday and increase overnight, peaking Sunday morning with solid advisory-level winds and possibly local gusts to 60 mph in the mountains.

Skies will be clear with the exception of smoke from the Thomas Fire. Highs both days will range from the mid 60s to the mid 70s.

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