Red Flag Warning to take effect in San Diego County on Thursday

Warning to last through Friday evening

SAN DIEGO - A predicted spell of warm, windy and extremely dry conditions prompted the National Weather Service Wednesday to issue a Red Flag warning for the San Diego area, effective Thursday morning through Friday evening.

Over the period, "explosive fire-growth potential" is likely to prevail in the county's inland valleys and eastern highland due to sustained Santa Ana winds up to 30 mph and gusts reaching 50 mph, amid daytime humidity levels as low as 5 percent, the NWS advised.

The alert status is scheduled to go into effect at 9 a.m. Thursday and run until 5 p.m. Friday, when the winds will start to diminish and an increasing marine layer will begin to usher in higher atmospheric moisture levels across the western reaches of the region, according to forecasters.

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