Dec 17, 2009 1:04 PM by Dave Hovde

The Central Coast is about to experience a warm spell

Some high clouds over the Central Coast this morning shouldn't hinder temperatures too much. Highs should reach the low 70s today (at the coastal valleys) and we can hold this pattern through the weekend. Normal highs should be about 65, that means much of this stretch will run about 6-8 degrees above normal.

The records look just out of reach in the low 80s.

The story is a little different in our interior valleys, highs are just expected to reach the lower 60s.

The reason is offshore winds. Offshore winds tend to sink and compress over space causing some warming. However this time of year the beginning temperature is quite cold and the further east you go the colder it is. Offshore winds in this case will warm the valleys only a little where coastally the impact is greater.


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