Santa Ana winds pick up in San Diego
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Santa Ana winds were expected to increase Wednesday as temperatures climbed, elevating San Diego’s risk for wildfires.
Winds in San Diego were expected to average 15 to 30 miles per hour with some gusts reaching up to 50 miles per hour. Strongest winds would blow through and below mountain passes and into portions of the valleys.
Those winds, combined with dry conditions and increasing temperatures to elevate the chance of a fire sparking in San Diego County. A National Weather Service red flag warning remains in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday.
The winds are expected to weaken somewhat Wednesday evening, but will ramp back up early Thursday, then weaken Friday, however, hot and dry conditions will persist into the weekend.
Temperatures in some areas Wednesday were 10 degrees warmer than they were Tuesday. Peak temperatures were expected to hit San Diego Thursday, remaining high through the weekend. Wednesday’s high temperatures were expected to be 82 degrees along the coast, 89 degrees inland, 64 degrees for the mountains and 91 degrees in the deserts.