- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A fall heat wave is roasting Southern California as Santa Ana winds drive up temperatures into the 90s, push down relative humidity levels and increase fire danger.

Red flag warnings are in place through Wednesday evening due to the gusty, dry northeast winds flowing offshore.

The National Weather Service says Tuesday’s 93-degree high at Long Beach Airport broke the previous record of 91 set in 1996. Wednesday’s forecast highs are 92 in downtown Los Angeles and 93 in Pasadena.

The heat event is accompanied by pounding waves, leading officials to issue a high surf advisory for several Southern California beaches. West and northwest-facing beaches could see surf between 12 and 18 feet.

Forecasters warn of dangerous rip currents and sneaker waves.

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