Red Flag Warning has been extended

Red Flag Warning has been extended

The National Weather Service has extended the Red Flag Warning to Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 5 p.m. for San Diego County inland valleys due to strong, gusty winds and low humidity.

The National Weather Service has received reports of extensive dust being blown across parts of across I-15 today. Expect winds along and below the coastal slopes of the mountains into the inland valleys and below passes and canyons.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds and low relative humidity can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

San Diego County will brace for east to northeast winds at 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 55 mph. The strongest gusts are expected to be around 80 mph near the ridge tops of the San Diego County mountains. For tonight through Wednesday, areas of east to northeast winds will be 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph with isolated gusts to 55 mph.

Minimum daytime humidity is expected to be around 5 percent with poor overnight recovery.

The strongest and most widespread winds will be Tuesday morning through early afternoon. Winds will not be as strong nor widespread for Tuesday night through Wednesday.

Some good news
The end of the Santa Ana event is finally in sight. Expect gradual cooling later this week as well as the much-anticipated return of onshore flow this weekend.

The lowest daytime humidity on Thursday, except near the coast, is predicted to fall to 5 to 10 percent, but with much weaker winds. Weak onshore flow will return on Friday and begin to spread higher coastal humidity inland.

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