Hot, hot heat is back — and so are the Santa Ana winds

Palm trees against the sunset.
Palm trees against the sunset.
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A hot and windy weekend is in store for much of Southern California.

Red flag warnings are in effect through Monday for much of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Gusts from the Santa Ana winds could reach 55 miles per hour.

Bonnie Bartling with the National Weather Service tells KPCC that temperatures in the valleys could reach triple digits on Sunday and Monday.

"Basically a red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are occurring or will shortly occur. And it's a combination of gusty winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures which can create extreme fire behavior," Bartling says.

Firefighters have been strategically placed across L.A. County.

A red flag warning has also been issued for San Bernardino, Riverside and parts of the Santa Ana mountains.