A high-pressure system over the Pacific Northwest will bring strong winds to the Southland tonight, with gusts in some areas reaching 45 m.p.h.
But forecasters predict that the winds will subside over the weekend, giving way to warmer temperatures and lots of sunshine Saturday and Sunday. High temperatures for the weekend are predicted to reach the mid-60s and 70s in Orange County.
"After the strong winds leave the area . . . it looks like pretty good weather for the rest of the weekend," said Dan Bowman, a meteorologist at WeatherData, which provides forecasts for The Times.
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The high-pressure system also means that the Southland will not soon see a repeat of storm conditions that ravaged a 250-mile stretch of coast from Santa Barbara south to the Mexican city of Ensenada and caused an estimated $68 million in property damage.