A red flag warning indicating a high risk of wildfire remained in effect today in the Santa Clarita Valley and the the San Gabriel mountains as temperatures again headed past the century mark in some areas of the Southland amid high winds, low humidity and an abundance of bone-
The National Weather Service said the warning, which went into effect at 6 a.m. Monday, would remain in force until 6 tonight in the Santa Clarita Valley and the San Gabriels, including the Angeles National Forest in Los Angeles County and the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County.
But a less serious fire weather watch declared for the Santa Monica Recreational Area was canceled when NWS forecasters determined that conditions in the Santa Monicas -- while hot, dry and windy - would not be quite as severe as initially expected.
The areas where a red flag warning has been imposed will experience triple-digit temperatures today, humidity at only the 10 percent level, gusts of between 25 and 30 miles per hour, and they're covered with "very dry fuels,'' according to an NWS advisory.
The NWS forecast highs today of 79 in Newport Beach; 81 in Avalon; 86 at LAX; 87 on Mount Wilson; 94 in downtown L.A.; 96 in Long Beach; 98 in Palmdale and Lancaster; 99 in Anaheim; 100 in San Gabriel; 102 in Burbank; 103 in Pasadena and Saugus; and 105 in Woodland Hills.
A record high for a First of October was set Monday when the mercury reached 99 in Lancaster, besting the 98 recorded in 1980. Elsewhere in the Antelope Valley, the record of 92 set in Sandberg on Oct. 1, 1980, was tied.
Today's forecast highs are a few degrees below Monday's, and temperatures are expected to steadily dip over coming days. By Friday, they could be running below normal, according to the NWS.
But until a cooling trend takes hold, forecasters urged Southland residents to stay safe in part by following some simple tips:
-- Wear loose, light-weight, light-colored clothing;
-- Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids;
-- Avoid strenuous activity in the heat;
-- Never leave people or pets in parked vehicles, even with windows open.