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Western Warmth Continues to Increase; Santa Ana Winds

April 29, 2014; 2:17 PM ET

A huge ridge of high pressure aloft will continue to build in the West as the storm in the eastern half of the nation crawls to the east. Warmth is increasing across the entire West and probably will peak in most places Thursday. Inland areas on Friday will probably be just as warm as Thursday.

Here is just a sampling of some of the high temperatures expected. It should give you a good idea of what to expect. Of course, you can always get your exact weather by plugging in your zip code to Accuweather.com or into one of our fabulous mobile apps.

The high amplitude pattern that has resulted in all the destructive weather from tornadoes has also brought Southern California an unusually strong late-season Santa Ana wind Tuesday. However, the winds are not done yet. In fact, the winds are probably going to be strongest later Tuesday night and Wednesday morning boosted by the best support aloft moving into the area. In the typical places that get these winds, expect speeds of 25 to 50 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. It will still be windy Wednesday night into Thursday, but winds are not going to be as strong. I expect winds to be more in the 20- to 35-mph range with gusts to 45 mph. Here is the model forecast surface winds for Wednesday morning across Southern California.

The combination of hot air, wind and relative humidity as low as the 3 to 7 percent will bring a very high fire danger too the area. A high fire danger will remain through Friday even after the winds diminish.

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