Santa Ana winds are back and they will be here through Friday.
The winds will peak tonight into Wednesday, with gusty winds targeting in our mountains and foothills. Some of our valleys may experience winds of up to 30 mph, but the strongest winds will top close to 40 to 50 mph in the windiest areas.
The pattern will be mild and dry through Friday, with the warmest temperatures expected on Thursday and Friday with 70s from the coast to the valleys.
A Beach Hazard Statement will remain in effect until 8pm Wednesday for waves of 3 to 6 feet, sets to 7 feet, and strong rip currents.
Next week is looking likely for a pattern shift with onshore winds picking up on Sunday into early next week, and possibly bringing back the chance for more rain.
Our rainy season typically goes through March, and we still need more rain to hopefully get the water we need for a typical season. We are slightly behind, but we could make the difference if the next two months bring more rainfall. We need it, before we head into the drier months ahead.
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