A fire weather watch has been issued for parts of the Bay Area as high temperatures and strong winds are predicted this week, forecasters said Monday.

High pressure, which has kept local temperatures high and rainfall low this winter, is resettling over the eastern Pacific after a small front passed through the region over the weekend, said Diana Henderson, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.

The watch, in effect starting at 10 p.m. Monday, will last through 10 a.m. Tuesday, Henderson said.

Temperatures are expected to rise to the 70s this week in some areas, including in Oakland, San Jose and Livermore.

The temperatures, she said, will come close to record highs, but aren't expected to break them and are likely to drop again toward the end of the week.

As of Monday morning, winds reached as high as 51 mph in Oakland, 46 mph in Orinda and 45 mph in Fremont.

Winds between 30-40 mph were predicted for the Bay Area hills Monday night with humidity levels dropping to 25 percent, Henderson said.

The strong winds and low humidity levels create a formula for wildfires.

"We just want people to be extra vigilant in areas including the northern chain mountains as we've got low humidity and gusty winds," Henderson said.

Forecasters predicted the following temperatures for Tuesday: Oakland, 71; San Jose, 70; Livermore, 70; and San Francisco, 68.



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