Sep 27, 2012 9:40 PM by Dave Hovde
An upper level high pressure system will build across California Sunday through Tuesday. This combined with offshore flow near the surface will bring hot and dry conditions to much of the Central Coast. Light offshore breezes will first impact portions of the forecast area on Sunday when temperatures will soar to between 100 and 105 degrees across many valley locations. Even inland portions of the coastal plain will climb well into the 90s on Sunday.
On Monday and Tuesday the offshore flow strengthens slightly with offshore breezes becoming more widespread.
Fire danger will begin to increase across California on Sunday peaking on Monday and Tuesday when offshore winds are generally expected to gust between 20 and 30 mph below and through passes. The offshore winds combined with triple digit heat widespread single digit humidities and very dry fuels will bring near critical fire weather which may prompt a fire weather watches.
Slight cooling is expected by Wednesday with better cooling on Thursday.
People planning to be outdoors or those without air conditioning should practice heat safety tips. Wear lightweight light-colored loose fitting clothing. Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids. Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day 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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