Red flag warning to expand across parts of SoCal on Saturday amid high winds, fire danger

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Strong northerly winds have prompted the National Weather Service to schedule an expansion of a red flag warning across parts of Southern California on Saturday amid low humidity and increased fire danger.

The warning, which was originally issued for Santa Barbara County's south coast and mountains, will broaden at 6 p.m. to include the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, as well as the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys.

The warning is set to expire at 10 p.m. Sunday, the Weather Service said.

Wind gusts of 40-60 mph are expected across the 5 Freeway corridor, along with wind-prone coastal and valley areas of Los Angeles County. Isolated gusts could reach up to 75 mph near the Tejon Pass.

Meanwhile, temperatures will be mild and sunny in the Southland on Saturday, but warmer conditions are around the corner.

Los Angeles and Orange counties will see sunny skies and a high of 79 on Saturday, then temperatures will warm up and fire conditions return on Sunday.

The valleys and Inland Empire will see some sunny skies Saturday with a high of 82, climbing to 86 on Sunday.

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