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    Santa Ana Winds to Bring Above-Normal Warmth

    By by Jillian MacMath, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    February 17, 2013, 11:45:27 AM EST

    Santa Ana winds will whip through the mountain passes of California through Saturday morning.

    Winds will be in the range of 20 to 25 miles per hour, with some higher gusts. Winds in unpopulated mountain ranges will be higher.


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    The winds will cause warmer than normal temperatures in the Los Angeles Basin. Temperatures will surge to 80 degrees on Friday and push slightly higher on Saturday.

    "The wind event is mostly pressure driven, with the lack of cold air or support of winds aloft," AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark said.

    "So, two of the three major causes are lacking. There's just a good pressure gradient. That is why the winds won't be too strong."

    Due to the time of the year, the fire risk is minimal.

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