Mar 5, 2012 9:06 PM by Ariel Wesler

Major cooling and slight chance of rain on tap for Tuesday

The Paso Robles Airport set a new heat record Monday with a high of 83 degrees. It toppled the old record of 82 degrees set back in 1972, but winter weather returns to the Central Coast Tuesday with temperatures as much as 25 degrees cooler.

An area of low pressure will move through Tuesday into Tuesday night causing those much colder temperatures and strong gusty winds as well as a slight chance of rain and snow.

Monday night, we'll see mostly clear skies except for patchy low clouds and fog in the evening, then low clouds and some dense fog with visibility one quarter mile or less. You can expect lows in the 40s with northwest winds 10 to 20 mph.

There is a wind advisory in affect for the Central and South coast starting at 10am Tuesday until overnight Wednesday. Expect northwest winds 15 to 25 mph becoming 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph by the afternoon, especially in passes and canyons.

A high surf advisory is also in affect for the Central Coast starting at 1 p.m. Tuesday until overnight Wednesday. Waves could rage from 11-13 feet with strong rip currents.

Tuesday, some clouds return with a 20 percent chance of showers in the morning becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon. We could see highs in the 50s.

The period of Wednesday through Friday will be marked by a return of high pressure with a warming trend by Friday. High Temperatures will warm into the lower 80s on Friday in the warmest locations. Temperatures begin to cool again this weekend.


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