Hot and Dry through the Weekend
Sunshine will remain through the next 10 days. But temperatures, which have been quite pleasant lately, will definitely go up. October is starting on a very hot note. While September turned out about 4 degrees warmer than average and only 12% of normal rainfall, October will be picking up where last month left off. Santa Ana winds are developing over much of southern California. Gusty winds in the LA area have caused issuance of a Red Flag WARNING for high fire danger in areas just south of Kern County.
A Fire Weather WATCH has been issued for our mountains over the next couple of days. Northeasterly winds will gust to about 45 MPH with much warmer conditions statewide. Near record temperatures are predicted for all of California's coast from the San Francisco Bay area south all the way to San Diego. In Kern County daytime readings are expected to break into the 90s tomorrow. It will be hot through this coming weekend with south valley highs in the mid to upper 90s. Meantime, some cities in the LA region will top out at above 100°. Upper level high pressure will hold dominion through early next week.
The ridge will start to break down by about Tuesday with gradually lowering temperatures, back into the 80s. Air quality will worsen through this weekend in the south valley, but remain good in mountain and desert areas where winds are brisk.