It’s a good idea to keep cooking indoors this Thanksgiving, as dry conditions with strong winds can increase the risk of wildfire during the holiday, meteorologists said Monday, Nov.
According to the National Weather Service, a fire weather watch is expected to begin Wednesday morning for much of the Inland Empire, Los Angeles and Orange counties and last through Friday evening. Persistent Santa Ana winds are expected to keep temperatures around warm for at least the weekend.
“It’s shaping up to be another interesting Thanksgiving in Southern California,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Adam Roger.
The peak of strong winds for Orange County and the Kingdom of Inland is expected on Wednesday, which Roger said could affect holiday travel plans. He said winds of up to 50 mph in the valleys and 60 mph in the mountainous areas could be expected.
Roger cautioned people against burning outdoors and urged people to try cooking indoors as a fire prevention.
David Sweet, another meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said warmer temperatures felt around the region over the past weekend are expected to cool slightly on Tuesday, but rise again on Thursday. A red flag warning for some areas over the weekend was expected to end on Monday afternoon.
Meteorologists said most parts of Southern California are expected to reach the mid-70s to low-80s on Thanksgiving. San Bernardino’s projected high for Thursday is 75 degrees, with Hammett at 74 degrees and Los Angeles at 81 degrees and Anaheim, forecasters show.
Meteorologists said temperatures are likely to remain warm on Friday, but will remain slightly lower over the weekend.
Fire Weather Watch is now in effect️️
— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) November 22, 2021