Santa Ana winds were headed toward Southern California on Monday, bringing the possibility of 55 mph gusts and summer-like temperatures just two days before Christmas, forecasters said.
Dry and windy conditions have prompted officials to extend a red flag warning for parts of the Southland through Monday morning.
The warning, issued for the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, will be in effect from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 10 a.m. Thursday.
Wind advisories will be in effect for several Los Angeles-area valleys Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
A high wind warning is in effect for much of the Southland Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
Southern California winds that overturned trucks, toppled trees and fanned fires were dying down Friday and forecasters predicted calmer weather for the Christmas weekend.
Gusty, offshore winds are expected across the Southland starting Thursday.
For the second time in as many weeks, high winds returned to the Southland on Friday.
Offshore winds gusting at speeds of nearly 80 miles per hour battered the Southland Friday morning.
A late-season storm swooping down the coast is expected to bring some drizzle and light showers to Southern California Sunday, but skies should clear by the afternoon.
The National Weather Service has issued an urgent weather message noting that gusty winds are possible in the Los Angeles County mountains and foothills, as well as the Antelope Valley.
The latest round of rain to hit waterlogged Southern California has moved east and out of the state, leaving powerful, frigid winds in its wake.
Strong offshore winds around the Southland will make it chilly at night, warm during the day and potentially disastrous if a wildfire breaks out.