Chilly and Gusty New Year's Eve on Tap Tonight as Santa Ana Winds Are Predicted

Published : Monday, December 31, 2018 | 5:53 AM

Pasadena will be buffeted by gusty winds kicking up Monday afternoon and chilly temps dropping to 41 degrees New Year’s Eve, according to National Weather Service forecasters as they issued a 24-hour Wind Advisory to start at 3 p.m. today

“This is especially concerning due to the New Year`s celebrations in these areas,” the Service said in its advisory. “The Rose Bowl Parade and Game in Pasadena could see wind gusts up to 35 mph along with cold wind chill readings in the 30s during the early morning hours.”

For New Year’s Eve revelers and Rose Parade campers, this means bundling up in cold-weather clothing to enjoy a night at least ten degrees colder than last year’s January 1.

Cold as it will be, tonight won’t even come close to 1952′s 32 degrees. Pasadena historically has dipped to an average of 44 degrees on December 31.

New Year’s Parade and Gameday will top out at a mere 60 degrees, and gusty winds are expected to continue all day into the afternoon.

City officials have pointed out the importance of dressing warmly and to remember to wear hats and gloves. Children and seniors may need extra layers of clothing to avoid hypothermia, they said in a statement.

Campers need to follow route rules when making efforts to stay warm.

Bonfires are strictly prohibited and considered “illegal burns.”

Small, professionally manufactured barbecues elevated at least 1 foot off the ground are allowed on the parade route as long as they are 25 feet from buildings and other combustibles. A fire extinguisher must be readily available.

Tents, sofas, and boxes of any type that can be used as stools or seats are prohibited along the route.

Tuesday afternoon and evening will be chillier, dropping to a low of 39 degrees, forecasters said.

Past New Year’s Day, Wednesday should be sunny, with a high near 68, and a warming trend develops Thursday and possibly into Friday when ridging aloft builds into the region.

Thursday and Friday highs should jump up to 73, with clear weather expected through at least Saturday morning.

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