High winds lashed parts of the Southland today and strong surf pounded the coast on what is expected to be a mostly sunny day with slightly warmer temperatures.
A wind advisory in Los Angeles County was in effect until noon in the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains and the Santa Clarita Valley. In the San Gabriels, National Weather Service meteorologists forecast north winds of between 20 and 35 miles per hour, gusting to 50 or even 60 mph, with the strongest winds expected through the Interstate 5 corridor, according to an NWS advisory.
``Strong gusty winds can make driving difficult, especially for drivers of high-profile vehicles,'' according to the advisory.
Along the coast, elevated surf of three to five feet with sets of up to seven feet is forecast, along with dangerous rip currents, according to the NWS. The high surf should subside by later this afternoon. In Long Beach, winds were forecast to reach 15 to 20 m.ph. and temperaturs in the high 50s - it was 58 degrees at 2:30 p.m. - to low 60s, with sunny conditions. On ocean swimming:
``If caught in a rip current, do not try to swim against the current. Swim across the current until away from the strong flow and then swim to shore,'' urged an NWS advisory. As a warming trend gets under way, temperatures will be a few degrees higher today than yesterday.
The National Weather Service forecast highs today of 51 on Mount Wilson; 56 in Palmdale and Lancaster; 58 in Newport Beach; 59 in Anaheim and Saugus; 61 in Avalon; 62 in Pasadena, San Gabriel, Burbank, Woodland Hills, Long Beach and at LAX; and 64 in downtown L.A. Wednesday's highs will be variously higher -- by five degrees in Downtown L.A. but 10 in Woodland Hills. A slight retreat will start Saturday.