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Heat Wave Causing Elevated Brush Fire Danger For Central, South Coasts


Scorching heat on the Central and South Coasts means we once again have elevated brush fire danger, with a Red Flag Warning set for parts of the region.

High pressure over the Western U.S. is causing a statewide heat wave which prompted a Flex Alert.  Everyone is being asked to keep their thermostats at 78 degrees or above until 10 Thursday night.  You are also being asked to put off the use of appliances like dishwashers and washing machines until after 10 p.m.

The Red Flag Warning for the mountains of Ventura and Los Angeles  Counties is in place from 3 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday.  A moderate Santa Ana wind event is in the forecast, with peak wind of 35 to 45 miles an hour expected during the morning hours Friday.

A heat advisory is in place for much of the region until 5 p.m. Friday. Cooler weather is in the forecast for the weekend.