MALIBU—People across the southland have noticed an increase in warm temperatures for the beginning of February.
Santa Ana winds throughout Southern California has caused warm weather conditions as well as high wind advisories.
On Monday, February 8, a red flag warning was issued and held into effect until 6:00 p.m. due to blustering winds, low humidity, and high temperatures. The mountains, valleys, and forests were all given the advisory and warning of high fire risk by the National Weather Service.
NWS forecasters estimated that winds between 25 and 40 miles per hour swept through the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountain ranges, gusting between 60-70 miles per hour.
Other areas receiving red flag warnings included the Angeles National Forest in Los Angeles County; the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County; Los Angeles County’s San Fernando, Santa Clarita, and San Gabriel valleys; and the LA coastal zone, which included, beach cities, metropolitan Los Angeles, downtown Los Angeles, and the Hollywood Hills.
The valleys and Los Angeles coastal zone has seen less severe winds, but gusts of 40 – 50 miles per hour have impacted trees and power lines, and created hazardous driving conditions throughout busy areas.
Conditions have remained the same throughout the week as temperatures remain at above average summer levels and wind gusts have continued as well.