LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A red flag warning issued for most of the Southland continued to be in effect Tuesday, signifying hot temperatures and Santa Ana winds.
The warning, which will be in effect through 8 p.m. Wednesday, has been issued from Ventura County to San Diego County, the National Weather Service said.
It has also prompted the cities of LA and Pasadena to issue parking restrictions, including narrow streets in canyons and hillsides.
Winds are anticipated to range between 20 and 30 mph in the mountains, with gusts reaching 55 mph.
Temperatures are expected to be between 10 and 20 degrees above normal with low humidity levels, according to the NWS.
Daytime highs could reach into the 90s, and even 100s, in some places.
“The combination of gusty Santa Ana Winds, hot temperatures and single-digit humidities will bring extreme fire danger to the region through mid-week,” warned an NWS advisory.
Coastal temperatures, meanwhile, are reaching as high as 98 degrees in some spots, providing beach-goers with little relief from the heat. The wind eventually shifted, cooling those extreme temperatures down a bit.
“It felt like you were an egg on the sidewalk, being, you know, cooked, basically,” Laguna Niguel resident Maureen Liang said. “But now it feels nice.”
Lifeguards say the water temperatures around the coast is averaging about 64 degrees.
In the Inland Empire, however, the hot temperatures and gusty winds have fire officials on high alert.
“I felt the wind, the heat, and my eyes were burning,” Rancho Cucamonga resident Hien Quoc said. “I see a lot of brush. It’s a low brush, but I know these trees have me a little concerned back here.”
Extra firefighters on on duty this week, due to the weather conditions, with aircraft and ground equipment in reserve if needed.
“We feel confident over here that the fire department is always going to do their job,” resident Bert Newman said. “We choose to live here, I love the view. So this is the price we pay.”
Residents are advised to stay cool and hydrated and to check on the elderly.
Cooler weather is not expected until Friday.
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