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Wind, Record Heat Trigger Fire Watch

Forecasters are predicting near-record highs and gusty winds, which combine for an elevated fire danger in Orange County.

It's not quite a Santa Ana, but gusty winds and hot, dry air will somewhat bedevil Southern California for the next four days, forecasters said today. A fire watch will be in effect through Monday.

Heat will build today and Sunday, and by Monday near-record high temperatures are possible, according to the National Weather Service.

By Monday, highs of 85-90 are forecast for Orange County beaches. Inland communities such as Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita and Lake Forest could see record highs tipping 100, the NWS advisory said.

Humidity will be very low, and the coastal marine level fog bank non-existent until about Wednesday, when an on-shore flow will return, the NWS predicted.

Gusty winds are likely in prone locations, but will be below Santa Ana
thresholds, forecasters said.

 - City News Service Contributed to this report.

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