October 1, 2020 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

High Temperatures Across Santa Monica, Southland Prompt Fire Weather Watch:

Strong, gusty offshore winds will whip across the Southland today amid low humidity, bone-dry vegetation and unseasonably high temperature, creating wildfire conditions, forecasters said.

A fire weather watch, which means that conditions conducive to critical fire weather are expected, will be in force in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from late tonight through Thursday evening, said a National Weather Service advisory.

Forecasters predicted northeast winds of between 20 and 30 miles per hour gusting to between 40 and 45 mph along the coast and in lower valleys tonight, with gusts of between 50 and 55 mph in higher valleys and in the mountains into Thursday evening.

In Los Angeles County, the fire weather watch applied to wide areas — the coast, metropolitan L.A., the downtown area, the Hollywood Hills, the Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Area, the San Gabriel Mountains, the Angeles National Forest, and the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and San Gabriel valleys.

An NWS advisory cited a “high likelihood for hazardous fire behavior” from late tonight through Thursday, with humidity levels vacillating between the low teens and single digits and the vegetation becoming dangerously dry between Wednesday morning and Thursday.

The heat also will be a factor, generated by what the advisory called “an unseasonably warm air mass” developing today, “with additional warming and near-record high temperatures expected for Wednesday and Thursday,” when highs of 100 degrees Fahrenheit are possible in L.A. and Ventura counties.

In such conditions, “extreme fire behavior is possible if fire ignition occurs.”

A high wind warning — signifying an expectation of 58 mph or greater — will be in force until 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Santa Clarita Valley and the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains.

A less serious wind advisory will be in effect until 3 p.m. Wednesday in the San Fernando Valley, the coast, Metropolitan Los Angeles and downtown L.A.

The winds could wreak havoc with traffic, forecasters said. They said strong winds may disrupt traffic on Interstate 5, the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, Pacific Coast Highway in the Malibu and Pacific Palisades areas, the San Diego (405) Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass. The drivers of high-profile vehicles were urged to use caution.

The NWS forecast sunny skies and unseasonably hot temperatures, with highs of 74 on Mount Wilson; 80 in Palmdale and Lancaster; 81 in Avalon; 84 at LAX; 89 in Saugus; 92 in Newport Beach; 93 in downtown L.A.; 94 in Pasadena and Burbank; 95 in Long Beach and Woodland Hills; and 97 in Anaheim.

Temperatures will climb a few degrees over the coming days.

in News
Related Posts

Edify TV: Avoiding a ‘Twindemic’

September 30, 2020

September 30, 2020

Local officials are trying to avoid a double dose of hospitalizations from the flu and coronavirus being coined a ‘Twindemic.’...

Edify TV: Westside Colleges to Remain Remote for Foreseeable Future

September 30, 2020

September 30, 2020

Westside college campuses, closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, will likely remain closed for the foreseeable future. Learn more in this...

BREAKING: Santa Monica City Council Approves Miramar Expansion

September 30, 2020

September 30, 2020

Project moves forward by 4-2 vote By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica City Council has approved plans that have been in...

Santa Monica Walk to End Alzheimer’s

September 29, 2020

September 29, 2020

Alzheimer’s Association encouraging residents to walk in small groups amid COVID-19 The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Santa Monica residents to...

Lawsuit Filed Against Plaza Development

September 28, 2020

September 28, 2020

Slow-growth group says City is violating Surplus Land Act By Sam Catanzaro A slow-growth group has filed a lawsuit to...

City Of Santa Monica Being Sued Over Proposed Plaza Project: Santa Monica Beat – September, 28, 2020

September 28, 2020

September 28, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Santa Monica Being Sued Over Proposed Plaza Project. * LA Street...

Santa Monica Police Make Additional Arrests in Looting of REI

September 28, 2020

September 28, 2020

Marques Miles and Misty Jones arrested by Santa Monica Police Department Santa Monica police recently made additional arrests of two...

OpEd: The Miramar Project Will Be a New Architectural Jewel

September 27, 2020

September 27, 2020

The Miramar Hotel has been a central part of Santa Monica’s history and an integral part of the community for...

Edify TV: Trident Center Redevelopment

September 25, 2020

September 25, 2020

The Westside’s Trident Center is getting a major overhaul and new name as part of a flurry of development in...

Miramar Project to go Before City Council Tuesday

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

Councilmember Gleam Davis asks City Attorney whether she should rescue self from vote  By Sam Catanzaro  Santa Monica lawmakers will...

SMa.r.t. Column: Needed, A Heart Transplant

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

We have written about adaptive reuse in previous columns and have postulated that with proper incentives, the existing one, two...

Edify TV: Boulders Blocking Westside Encampment

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

City officials recently removed boulders placed on sidewalks by some Westside residents to prevent the formation of a homeless encampment....

Should Council Member Davis Recuse Herself From Voting? Santa Monica Beat – September, 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Should Council Member Davis Recuse Herself From Voting? * Increases In...

SMC to Be Online for Winter and Spring 2021

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

College cites lack of available vaccine  By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica College (SMC) has announced it will be delivering classes...

Edify TV: Al Fresco Program Ending?

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

During a COVID-19 pandemic many restaurants have found aid through the City of Los Angeles’ Al Fresco dining program, but...