CITYWIDE — A high-wind warning is in effect until Friday afternoon and Santa Monicans are being warned to close windows and secure all outdoor objects, such as lawn furniture.

A cold low pressure system moving down the California and Nevada state lines will align with a high pressure system, creating conditions “favorable for strong and damaging winds” as high as 60 mph in area mountains and valleys, according to the National Weather Service.

Santa Monica could experience wind gusts of 25 to 40 mph with daytime temperatures in the mid 60s.

The winds will help drive low humidity, especially over the coast and valleys, with officials issuing a red flag warning through late Friday.

The potential exists for additional rounds of gusty northeast winds over the weekend.

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