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    Cool Santa Ana Winds to Continue into Thursday

    By Jillian MacMath, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    January 1, 2013; 7:45 AM ET
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    Santa Ana winds that developed Tuesday night will continue into Thursday across parts of Southern California.

    The winds will be from the northeast and averaging 20 to 35 miles per hour Wednesday night into Thursday. Gusts in the canyons aligned southwest to northeast will range between 35 and 50 miles per hour.

    The setup causing the winds is forecast to break down late in the week.

    Santa Ana winds are caused by high pressure building south through the Great Basin and usually occur in autumn and winter. The pattern does not bring strong winds to most of the Los Angeles Basin.

    While the flow will cause the humidity to drop, recent rainfall will prevent a strong fire risk.

    There is the potential for minor property damage and sporadic power outages.

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