SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The strong, gusty west winds developing today in parts of San Diego County were expected to give way to Santa Ana winds late Sunday that could combine with warmer temperatures to up the risk for wildfires.
A National Weather Service wind advisory is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Saturday and extend until 3 a.m. Sunday.
A subsequent fire weather watch for the mountains and inland valleys is set to go into effect late Sunday night.
Forecasters said the strengthening onshore flow from a low pressure system moving inland through Northern California and the Great Basin would be followed on Sunday by surface high pressure over the Great Basin that will create moderate to strong Santa Ana winds through Tuesday.
Meteorologists said the winds would strengthen along the desert mountain slopes and into adjacent areas. Sustained wind speeds of up to 30 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 45 mph, were forecast for the mountains and the deserts tonight and into early Sunday.
Northeast to east winds of up to 35 mph with gusts that could reach 50 mph are expected to bluster through the inland valleys and mountains Sunday night into the start of the work week. The NWS said that gusts of 70 to 80 mph could be possible in some areas on Tuesday.
Forecasters warned that the winds could kick up sand and dust, which could lead to hazardous driving conditions.
Drivers were also advised to be on the lookout for broken tree limbs.
In San Diego, the "Great American Eclipse" will have maximum visibility at 10:23 a.m. Monday, August 21. Southern California residents will have about 60 percent darkness at that time.
With just a week to go, many people across the U.S. are buzzing about the "Great American Eclipse."
Hundreds of people rallying against illegal immigration and counter-protesters opposing their stance were squaring off today along the shore at Broadway and Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach.
The San Diego LGBT Community Center and other social justice groups held a rally against hate in response to the Alt-Right rallies held across the country in recent days.
A whale watching boat spotted a whale four miles off the coast of Point Loma entangled in fishing line.
A man was seriously injured when he was struck by a hit-and-run motorist in the Mira Mesa community of San Diego, a police officer said Sunday.
Temperatures are expected to be about average over the next week throughout San Diego County with the warmest temperatures in that period expected over the weekend.
San Diego Gas & Electric officials said they expect to lose about 500 megawatts of solar energy production during tomorrow's solar eclipse, but they expect to have enough power on hand to meet demand.