RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Hot, dry and gusty conditions will significantly raise the risk of wildfires in most of Riverside County Friday, Oct. 16, according to the National Weather Service.
A heat wave will continue for another day throughout Riverside County, then temperatures will begin dropping on Saturday and keep dropping through the middle of next week, forecasters said. Today’s hot and arid conditions will also be accompanied by Santa Ana winds sweeping through the mountains and foothills.
The NWS issued a red flag warning for the Riverside metropolitan area, the Riverside County mountains and the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning until 6 p.m. today. A heat advisory is also in effect until 5 p.m. in the Riverside metropolitan area.
Winds out of the north and northeast today are expected to be between 20-30 mph, with gusts possibly reaching 40-50 mph below the Cajon Pass, forecasters said. Humidity will fall to 5-10% this afternoon.
The winds are expected to subside by this evening, but relative humidity will be slower to recover.
The red flag warning means any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly and outdoor burning is not recommended, according to the NWS.