Santa Ana winds raise S. California fire danger

Southern California Edison crews work to clean up about fifty power poles downed by winds in Lancaster, Calif. on Wednesday, May 23, 2012.  Damaging winds ripped through parts of California on Wednesday, making highway travel dangerous and raising fire danger. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Irfan Khan)  NO FORNS; NO SALES; MAGS OUT; ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER OUT; LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS OUT; VENTURA COUNTY STAR OUT; INLAND VALLEY DAILY BULLETIN OUT; SAN BERNARDINO SUN OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT, TV OUT (Irfan Khan, © Los Angeles Times)
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Updated: 1/06/2014 10:10 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Red flag warnings for fire danger are posted in Los Angeles and Ventura counties as dry and gusty Santa Ana winds blow through the region.

The National Weather Service says northeasterly gusts up to 55 mph are possible Monday morning and single-digit relative humidity levels will remain widespread. Wind advisories are expected to be lifted by midday.

The Santa Anas are being generated by strong surface high pressure anchored over the Great Basin.

Temperatures are expected to be a few degrees warmer than the weekend, then cool Tuesday but head back up as more high pressure builds by week's end.

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