LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A red flag warning remained in effect for much of the Southland Wednesday.
Strong winds, high temperatures and low humidity levels prompted the warning for Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties, according to the National Weather Service.
Winds were expected to be between 20 and 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph, according to the NWS. However, the warning was not in effect for the Antelope Valley, where conditions were expected to be calmer.
The warning was set to expire Wednesday night, but was extended until 8 p.m. Thursday because of dry vegetation and low humidity levels.
A cool down isn’t expected until Friday.
“A strong upper-level high-pressure system will persist over the West Coast through mid-week while offshore flow will persist near the surface,” the NWS said in an advisory. “This combination will continue to bring period of gusty Santa Ana winds as well as very hot and dry conditions.”
Red flag parking restrictions also remained in effect in the cities of Los Angeles and Pasadena.
Residents were encouraged to stay hydrated and seek refuge at local cooling centers.
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