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Fire Weather Concern Remains in the Southwest

18 Jan 2021, 9:00 pm

Over the weekend, the southwestern United States broke record high temperatures with highs in the 90s for some! As we head into the work week the strong ridge of high pressure responsible for the strong down-sloping winds that brought high temperatures to the southwest breaks down. A trough of low pressure dives in and the potential record heat comes to a close. Temperatures will still remain above seasonable for Monday but should return to average by Tuesday.

However, with dryer soils and strong winds still expected, the fire weather conditions will still remain.

Monday Record Highs

A number of record highs happened Saturday across southern California again, with some spots reaching above 90°! San Diego also reported the warmest January temperature ever on record. Temperatures will be slightly cooler today, but still 15-20° above average for this time of year.

High Winds & Coastal Alerts

As this ridge starts to break down the winds will still remain gusty and possibly damaging. In the valley’s north winds up to 20-35 mph and gusts up to 50 mph will be possible and in the mountains northeast winds up to 45 mph with gusts between 55 to 80 mph are possible.  On Monday, some gusts were as high as 90-100 mph across the state!

High wind warnings are in effect in yellow and wind advisories are in effect in brown from Monday through Tuesday evening.

With these wind alerts and flow coming off the Pacific, coastal alerts including high surf advisories in purple and beach hazard statements in teal have been issued through Monday afternoon. Large breaking waves up to 22 feet are possible.

Fire Weather Concern

With strong winds in the forecast and low relative humidity, Red Flag Warnings are in place over the next several days.

We will be tracking this warm weather and fire weather forecast on WeatherNation so check us out for free on Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire and PlutoTV on Channel 217.

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Kara has always been passionate about weather and knew from an early age that she wanted to become a meteorologist. Living in different regions of the country and experiencing weather events ranging from ice storms to tornadoes drove her to pursue a bachelor's degree in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma. Throughout college, storm chasing became a regular event for Kara, where she saw fir... Load Morest-hand the power of the atmosphere. Kara graduated cum laude from OU and decided to further her meteorology education with a Master's degree from Mississippi State University. The deadly April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak struck while Kara was studying at MSU; her first “Dixie Alley” tornado event and an up close glimpse into the destruction of the storms she so closely studied. Her broadcast career began in Elvis’ birthplace, Tupelo, Mississippi, where she earned her Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal from the American Meteorological Society. Kara's career has included coverage of all types of severe weather including tornado events, flooding and tropical systems across multiple southern states. Recently she helped cover the 2020 Easter Sunday deadly tornado outbreak in southeast Mississippi. In her free time, you can find Kara outdoors exploring new areas with her mini poodle,Truffles. Kara is also an avid runner and frequently races in 5Ks, 10Ks and half marathons.

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