May 1, 2013 11:48 AM by Dave Hovde

Elevated fire risk for Central Coast

Offshore winds develop later today, and gusty winds may spread into coastal areas by tonight and persist through Thursday. weaker offshore flow is expected by Friday.

The offshore flow will bring an extended period of very warm and dry conditions to much of the area through Friday. Valley highs will soar into the mid 90s by Thursday and to near 100 degrees on Friday with record breaking high temperatures possible. very warm temperatures will also affect coastal areas with highs in the 80s to lower 90s on Thursday and into the mid 90s by Friday.

The offshore winds will also bring a prolonged period of very low humidities to interior sections. The low humidities and the unusually dry fuels for this time of year may create extreme fire behavior if ignition occurs.

While the winds are expected to subside on Friday very warm temperatures and low humidities will continue and fire weather advisories may be needed. Currently LA, Ventura and Kern are all included but not SLO or SB county. They may be added as conditions warrant.



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