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Summerlike temperatures persist as Southern California experiences a mid-winter heat wave that's bringing down humidity levels and increasing the risk of wildfires

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LOS ANGELES — Summerlike temperatures persist as Southern California experiences a mid-winter heat wave that's bringing down humidity levels and increasing the risk of wildfires.

The National Weather Service says temperature records are likely to fall Monday, with highs expected in the lower 90s in some areas of greater Los Angeles. Downtown LA topped out Monday at a record 88 degrees.

Santa Ana conditions are expected to die down, but not disappear completely. A wind advisory remains in effect through 3 p.m. for mountain and valley areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

The weather service says because of strong winds and low humidity levels — between 10 and 20 percent — the risk of fire remains elevated.

Forecasters say temperatures will decline Wednesday but remain above normal through the weekend.

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