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National Weather Service issues red flag warning

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Gusty Santa Ana forecast for parts of San Diego County were expected to combine with low humidity to up the risk for wildfires through mid-week, meteorologists said today.

A National Weather Service Red Flag Warning for the mountains and inland valleys was set to go into effect at 4 a.m. Monday and extend through 6 p.m. Wednesday. A high wind warning for the rest of the county was set to remain in effect from 4 p.m. Monday to noon Wednesday.

"A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will contribute to extreme fire behavior," according to the

weather service.

Forecasters said surface high pressure over the Great Basin would create strong, gusty Santa Ana winds that were expected to bluster into San Diego

County's mountains and valleys on Monday. The eastern winds and low humidity were expected to continue through Wednesday.

Sustained wind speeds of up to 30 miles per hour, with gusts that could reach 45 mph, were in Monday's morning and afternoon forecast for the mountains and inland valleys as were daytime relative humidities as low as 5 percent, according to the weather service. Winds of up to 40 mph with gusts that could top 80 mph were expected Monday night into Tuesday.

Meteorologists warned that the winds could be strong enough to down tree limbs and kick debris into roadways. Isolated power outages and minor

structural damage could also be possible.

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