A satellite image shows water vapor above the Western U.S. on Nov. 27, 2012.

A satellite image shows water vapor above the Western U.S. on Nov. 27, 2012. (National Weather Service / December 10, 2012)

What was supposed to be a drier, gustier day across some parts of Southern California — prompting a red-flag fire warning from forecasters — won't be as dry and gusty as anticipated.

The National Weather Service has canceled its red-flag warning for the Los Angeles and Ventura county mountains, as well as valley areas in the Santa Clarita region and Ventura County. The warning was expected to expire early Tuesday afternoon, but was canceled by 9 a.m. Monday.

The reason, meteorologist Bill Forwood said, is because the weather conditions didn't develop as forecasters expected. The winds haven't been as strong, he explained, and humidity levels weren't as low.

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-- Kate Mather

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