An abrupt change in weather patterns and temperatures this week should remind San Fernando Valley residents that this is indeed winter and not summer.
Temperatures in the area have been much higher than normal since the beginning of the year, with little to no rain. However, Saturday’s high in downtown Los Angeles was only expected to hit 64, part of a trend expected to last for a while. Forecasters from the National Weather Service expect highs to stay in the 60s all week, with some rain possible by Monday.
Despite the mild forecast, a short-but-intense burst of high winds and a drop in humidity will create another red flag warning for extreme fire danger in the valleys and mountains of Los Angeles beginning Saturday night.
The warning goes into effect at 10 p.m. and is scheduled to expire at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Wind gusts of up to 60 mph are expected in the mountains and up to 45 mph in the valleys.
NWS forecasters said humidity will lower into the 15 to 25 percent range overnight, then drop into single digits on Sunday.