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May 14, 2014 6:28 PM by Dave Hovde

Hot weather dominates through Friday

The high pressure ridge got stronger today and will produce similar high temps on Thursday near 100 for most of the coastal valleys, and near 105 inland, beach temps in the 80s and 90s.

High pressure produces offshore winds and sinking and warming air which is also extremely dry with relative humidity levels in the single digits during the warmest parts of the day. Fire risk is high though the wind levels are not strong, that's why no local red flag warnings are in place despite the obvious danger.

We'll see our first signs of milder weather Friday as some onshore flow develops in the afternoon, but that will still be after some much above normal highs in the 90s.

The weekend will still be warmer than average Saturday with 80s in coastal and interior valleys but beaches in the 60s, Sunday will see additional cooling with coastal valleys in the 70s, beaches in the 60s and even the interior valleys should drop into the 70s. That's dramatic change from where we sit currently.

The NW winds over the weekend generally look strong enough to keep the marine clouds partially mixed out, however the middle of next week could see lighter wind flow and slower clearing of marine clouds. The more common May Gray forecast.

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