Warming trend expected in Southland

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A warming trend will get underway today, sending temperatures about five degrees above normal amid strong winds and rough seas, forecasters said.

A wind advisory will be in effect in the San Gabriel Mountains until noon today amid northwest-to-north winds of 20 to 35 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 55 miles, the NWS reported, adding that gusty winds will affect travel on portions of Interstate 5 and the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway.

“Gusty winds will blow around unsecured objects and make driving difficult, especially for drivers of high-profile vehicles. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result,” according to an NWS statement.

Wind advisories were also in effect until noon in the Santa Monica Mountains and the Santa Clarita Valley.

A high surf advisory will be underway in L.A. County until 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters said they expect large breaking waves of 4 to 7 feet, accompanied by “dangerous rip currents.

“There is an increased risk for ocean drowning,” warned an NWS statement. “Rip currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea. Large breaking waves can cause injury, wash people off beaches and rocks, and capsize small boats near shore.”

Also expected is beach erosion at some beaches and dangerous swimming conditions.
“Swim near a lifeguard,” urged the statement. “If caught in a rip current, relax and float. Don’t swim against the current. If able, swim in a direction following the shoreline. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help.”

The NWS forecast partly cloudy skies today and temperatures about 5 degrees above normal — 58 on Mount Wilson; 63 in Palmdale and Lancaster; 65 in Avalon; 68 at LAX; 69 in Saugus; 72 in Long Beach; 73 in Downtown L.A., Pasadena and Woodland Hills; and 74 in San Gabriel. Roughly the same is expected until Friday, when some communities will rise to the high 70s, followed by some highs in the 80s on Saturday.

Sunny skies were forecast in Orange County, along with highs of 56 on Santiago Peak; 66 in Laguna Beach and San Clement; 66 on Ortega; 70 on Fremont Canyon Highway at 2,600 feet; 68 in Newport Beach; 72 at Mission Viejo; 73 in Fullerton and Yorba Linda; and 74 in Anaheim. Temperatures will climb in small increments over the coming days, reaching the low 80s in some communities Friday.

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