Los Angeles on High Alert for Fire Risks Amid Gusty Weekend Weather and Santa Ana Winds

Los Angeles on High Alert for Fire Risks Amid Gusty Weekend Weather and Santa Ana WindsSource: X/NWS Los Angeles
Juliette Kessler
Published on December 08, 2023

The City of Angels braces for a blaze battle as weather forecasts predict a sunny but potentially perilous weekend ahead due to gusty conditions and dry spells. According to the National Weather Service, today's skies over Los Angeles will stay clear, with a high creeping to 68 degrees and winds shifting from a mild north-northeast breeze to a brisker west-southwest gust.

Come nightfall, the mercury is set to dip to a cool 47 degrees under mostly clear skies, but not without the northeast winds picking up pace, accelerating to as much as 15 mph in gusts, setting the stage for a wind-whipped weekend starting Saturday that could see gusts scale up to 30 mph. Moving into Sunday, the city is slated to get even hotter, reaching a toasty 77 degrees, paired with continued diligent drafts from the northeast—conditions that have fire officials on edge and the public wary as the forecast spells caution over comfort.

Indeed, with the mercury set to rise and winds whistling in, KTLA meteorologist Henry DiCarlo warned, "Sunday is the big warmup," a sentiment echoed by the Weather Service, which has issued wind advisories and high wind warnings for select regions. These warnings come amid the Santa Ana winds' looming reprise predicted for Friday night, liable to stoke the fire risk across Los Angeles and Ventura counties well into the early weekdays.

Alert levels are heightened as a fire weather watch remains vigilant Saturday through Sunday morning, targeting the coastal and valley swathes of not just L.A., but for the Inland Empire too, with Southern California Edison cautioning customers about potential power shutoffs to prevent fire ignitions—some 65,000 clients across five counties are on the watch list for possible outages while surf advisories warn coastal visitors of dangerous riptides and advise steering clear of rock walls and jetties even as the surf wanes in Los Angeles County and remains hearty in Ventura.