first_img“Summer has come early.” The unseasonal offshore winds are expected to blow through Monday evening. With humidity expected to dip below 15 percent, hillside brush dried out by a record lack of rain could be especially vulnerable to fire, forecasters said. Temperatures could rival the record highs for March 11 and March 12 for downtown (93 and 87 degrees, respectively), Burbank Airport (92, 87) and Woodland Hills (94, 88). Highs for the Valley on Sunday and Monday are forecast at 91 degrees. Time to snap out of Friday’s fog and fish out those summer beach towels. Beginning Sunday, temperatures in the San Fernando Valley are expected to soar into the 90s as Santa Ana winds once again rip across the region. A fire weather watch was issued in advance of expected wind gusts, low humidity and record highs in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from early Sunday through Monday evening. “I’m going to the beach. I’m going to spend the entire weekend in Santa Monica,” declared Steve Woodruff, manager of the Van Nuys Airport weather station. “Got the beach towel out, get out the surfboard, watch a few sunsets. Winds are expected to blow from 15 mph to 25 mph, with stronger gusts in canyons and mountain passes. Another round of Santa Anas is expected Wednesday. “It’s totally dry,” said Bonnie Bartling of the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “There’s a few places that could get into the 90s. Pierce College (in Woodland Hills) usually gets pretty hot.” The blistering-hot winds, which usually end in January, have permeated a region now on course for its driest season on record, with the rainy season expected to end this month. Since July 1, downtown Los Angeles has seen 2.42 inches of rain, or 21 percent of normal, the NWS said. Burbank Airport, with 2.33 inches, is at 18 percent, while Palmdale, at 0.65 of an inch, is at only 11 percent. [email protected] (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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