A Hot, Dry, And Windy End For The Work Week In Ventura County

Thursday October 15, 2020


     The workweek will close out Friday with more hot weather, plus some hot, dry, and gusty northeast winds.

      Here is what the National Weather Service Office in Oxnard is saying first about the Red Flag Warning and then the Heat Advisory...

     "There will be gusty Santa Ana winds across the interior of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties late tonight through Friday afternoon, with gusts up to 35-45 mph.

       The combination of gusty winds, very low relative humidity, hot temperatures, and extremely dry fuels will likely result in extreme fire danger for the Los Angeles and Ventura County mountains as well as the Santa Clarita Valley.

     A Red Flag Warning will be in effect for these areas from 3am to 6pm on Friday.

     Most other areas will experience elevated to brief critical fire danger.

     There will be the potential for large fires, rapid fire growth, and extreme fire behavior if ignition occurs.

     Remember Ready! Set! Go! should fires erupt in your area. See https://www.readyforwildfire.org/ for more information

     And also...

    "High pressure will remain over the region through late in the week.

     Well-above normal temperatures are expected during this time.

     Widespread highs in the 90s are expected, even near the coast, with some highs in the lower 100s in the warmest valleys.

     Weak offshore winds will affect the Central Coast and LA and Ventura Counties, causing elevated to locally critical fire weather for many locations.

     The wind may increase Thursday evening and Friday causing a brief critical fire weather period.

     The heat will increase the risk of heat-related illnesses, especially for sensitive populations like the elderly, the very young, and those without access to air conditioning.

     If you plan on being outside, limit outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day and remember to drink plenty of water.

     Never leave children or pets in a hot car!

     Use extra caution with any source of fire."