Oct 16, 2012 11:41 PM by Dave Hovde

Hot temperatures peak Wednesday

An upper level high pressure system combined with offshore winds will continue to bring very warm and dry conditions to the Central Coast, warmest Wednesday but still well above normal Thursday.

Offshore flow will increase Wednesday through Thursday morning when offshore winds will gust to between 25 and 35 mph across the mountains valleys and Central Coast.

Temperatures are expected to peak on Wednesday when valley temperatures will generally range between 90 and 100 degrees. The offshore trends will also bring climbing temperatures to the
coastal plain with highs from 85 to 100 degrees. While these projected temperatures will be 15 to 20 degrees above normal though records will not likely be broken since records are unusually high for this date. Highs will likely drop a few degrees on Thursday however there will be a better chance of records being broken for this date.

The very warm and dry conditions coupled with offshore breezes and very dry fuels will bring elevated fire danger to the Southland through Thursday. Of greatest concern will be Wednesday morning through Thursday morning when offshore winds will bring near critical fire weather conditions to portions of the mountains and valleys.

People planning to be outdoors or those without air conditioning should review heat safety tips. Wear lightweight light-colored loose fitting clothing and drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids. Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day which is typically from late morning through early evening. Never leave children pets or the elderly in a vehicle even with the windows down as temperatures can climb to life-threatening levels within minutes.



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