Strong winds Monday create blowing dust, fire dangers and health hazards

Blowing dust is seen Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Expect windy weather Monday, and with it dust, health hazards and increased fire risks.

A Red Flag Warning and wind advisory have been posted for the Kern County area. Wind speeds will gust up to 55 mph in our mountain communities until 11 p.m.

There should be gusts at 45 mph for the south valley and the Kern County desert. This will cause concerns for blowing dust and an increased risk of valley fever. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District issued a health cautionary statement.

The Kern High School District is calling off all outdoor activities Monday because of the blowing dust.

The winds will peak from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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A passing front off to the northeast will allow for the strong winds. However, temperatures will remain seasonably warm with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s for the Bakersfield area. Most mountain communities will see temperatures in the mid-70s.

By late Wednesday into Thursday, another trough of cool air drops out of the northwest. This will bring temperatures down a good 10 more degrees below normal. High temperatures for the Bakersfield area will fall into the 70s. Most mountain areas will see highs in the 60s.

No rain is forecast for the next seven days. Air quality will be in the modest range today. Have a great day and make sure you wear a hat.

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