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High Pressure Bringing Warm, Dry Calif. Christmas

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — As large sections of the U.S. deal with severe winter weather for the holidays, California is sunny and dry with high temperatures rising into the low 80s in some southern areas.

The National Weather Service said Tuesday that the fair conditions and above-normal temperatures are being brought by high pressure that will persist through the end of the week.

Southern California will at times feel Santa Ana winds, the gusts that blow out of the northeast toward the coast.

Forecasters say the offshore flow will range from weak to moderate, and the combination of wind, falling humidity levels and abnormally dry vegetation will bring elevated-to-critical fire danger for much of the week.

Much of California is on pace to mark 2013 as the driest calendar year on record.

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