Santa Ana winds and warmth will continue into the weekend in Southern California, elevating the fire risk.
Winds sustained up to 30-40 mph are expected through late this week, with the highest gusts occurring through the canyons and mountain passes of Southern California.
"Any time there is a Santa Ana, it raises the fire danger due to low relative humidity and areas of wind," AccuWeather.com Western Forecasting Expert Ken Clark said.
Southern California is in the grips of a severe drought, so there is plenty of dry vegetation that can act as fuel for any fires that ignite. Gusty winds could fan the flames.
Through Saturday, Downtown Los Angeles has only received 3.60 inches of rain in 2013, according to the National Weather Service. This may go down as the driest calendar year on record.
The dry conditions will continue into 2014, Clark said.
Temperatures will be 10 to 15 degrees above normal through the weekend in the Los Angeles area. However, it will not be as warm as it was on Friday, when a new record high of 85 degrees was recorded in Downtown Los Angeles.
While lighter winds gusted through the city Friday, a period of Santa Ana winds will arrive Saturday night into Sunday, Clark said.
Content contributed by AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Meghan Evans.
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