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Red flag warning lifted across Southern California; temps still high

Firefighters are shown battling a brush fire along a hillside in this undated file photo.
December 27, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
A red flag warning was lifted Friday across the Southland, but unseasonably high temperatures and low humidity still posed a fire risk.

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The warning expired at 10 a.m. for the Ventura County coasts, coastal valleys, interior valleys, the Los Angeles County coast including downtown, Los Angeles County Mountains, Angeles National Forest, Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Area, Los Padres National Forest and the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys.

The winds died down around midday, but the high temperatures and dry conditions still make for a dangerous combination.

The Southland experienced above-average temperatures through Friday with highs in the 80s in Los Angeles and Orange counties, as well as in the Inland Empire and valleys.

A ridge of high pressure is moving into the area, bringing temperatures down about 5 to 7 degrees for the weekend. The system will also bring a bit of moisture into the region. Conditions will still be warm in the 70s.

Expect temperatures in the 60s in the High Desert communities throughout the rest of the week. The local mountains will see highs in the low-50s through early next week.

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