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Period of lighter winds develop for Thomas Fire but Wednesday into Thursday strong winds return

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One day after the Santa Ana wind that produced winds up to 60mph across the Thomas Fire, lighter winds developed today for the Santa Barbara portion of the fire.  

N to NE winds across the fire should range from 5-15mph with some gusts up to 20mph in the hills and thru some canyons, however, some S to W flow will develop in the afternoons over the next few days as the land mass heats up but those winds look light and occasional.  

The relative humidity numbers still look dangerously low thru this week.  Additionally, another strong Sundowner style event is expected later Wednesday into Thursday morning.  Winds again will pick up from the N and gust 45-55.

Outside of the fire weather the warmer than average weather pattern continues with more highs in the 70s for the coastal valleys with near 70-degree highs inland.  Due to the dryness of the air, the overnight lows will be in the 20s inland and 30s for coastal valleys with beaches generally in the 40s for the balance of the week.

Finally a little hope for rain, models are starting to show rain chances as early as Christmas Day or the 26th.

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