Santa Ana Winds, Rising Temperatures Buffet Southern California

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Strong Santa Ana winds and rising temperatures buffeted the Southland Thursday.

According to the National Weather Service, a red flag warning denoting a high risk of wildfire will remain in effect until 8 p.m. in the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, the Angeles and Los Padres national forests, the Santa Monica Mountains, the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, interior Orange County, and the Los Angeles coastal zone.

Numerous temperature records were set Thursday. The temperature rose to a record 97 degrees at LAX.

Winds were blowing at between 15 and 30 miles per hour in the areas under the warning, gusting to around 45 mph, and possibly 50 mph on some western Santa Monica Mountain peaks.

Officials recommended drinking plenty of water, wearing lightweight, light-colored clothing, making use of air conditioning, and never leaving people or pets in cars parked in the heat.

The warning is in its third and final day due to wind, very low humidity, dry vegetation and high temperatures.

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