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Dry conditions to remain until Tuesday

Saturday, December 14th, 2013
Issue 50, Volume 17.

RIVERSIDE - Dry conditions and gusty wind continued to raise the risk of wildfires in Riverside County's mountains and valleys today, meteorologists said.

Red Flag Warnings remained up until 6 p.m. today for the valleys and mountain areas, including the San Jacinto Ranger District of the San Bernardino National Forest.

"A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are occurring or or will shortly," the NWS said. "A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm days will contribute to extreme fire behavior."

A wind advisory for the mountains expired at 2 p.m., although northeast winds of 10-20 mph are expected through this evening with gusts of up to 40 mph.

"Very dry conditions will prevail across the Southland through early evening as the Santa Ana winds continue to weaken," the NWS said. "Although these winds will gradually Advertisement
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weaken through tonight and into Monday, breezy, warm and very dry conditions will continue through Tuesday.


The National Weather Service has issued a warning that strong Santa Ana winds will be blowing this weekend in San Diego, Riverside, Orange, and San Bernardino counties.

"These strong winds, combined with low humidity will elevate the wildfire danger," authorities said. "The winds will weaken a bit Sunday and into Monday, however, breezy, warm, and very dry conditions will continue through Tuesday, Dec. 17.

A Red Flag warning (critical fire weather condition) will remain in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday for strong, gusty winds, and low humidity.

Winds are expected to blow northeast to east at a rate of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 55 mph.

Winds up to 65 mph may be experienced through and below passes and canyons.



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