LOS ANGELES (AP) — The hot and windy gift that Mother Nature gave the greater Los Angeles area on Mother's Day is a preview of what weather forecasters said to expect across California this week.
Gusts in coastal mountains near Los Angeles reached as high as 73 mph early Sunday, while morning brought sunny skies with projected high temperatures in the 80s. The winds toppled some trees and caused power outages that left about 1,800 people without electricity in Los Angeles County, representatives of local utilities said.
The conditions translated into a "red flag" fire warning, with authorities saying that any wild land flames would quickly spread out of control.
The high pressure system that created the conditions should by midweek to push temperatures to near record highs — 100 degrees or more in inland areas already parched by drought.
High temperatures will extend up and down California, according to the National Weather Service.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, the service said to expect "a robust warming trend" through Wednesday, with projected highs in coastal areas near 90 degrees and inland highs around 100 degrees.