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Potential for critical fire weather in SLO county Sunday

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A fiery orange sunset in Paso Robles. (Photo Credit: Becky Silva) A fiery orange sunset in Paso Robles. (Photo Credit: Becky Silva)

A heat advisory remains in place for interior portions of southwestern California through Sunday night, including San Luis Obispo interior valleys, Ventura County, the Santa Ynez Valley and the Santa Monica Mountains. Temperatures are expected to reach between 100 and 108 degrees today in the warmest inland spots.

In combination with the period of high temperatures, there is a potential for northerly down slope winds tonight across the foothills and mountains of San Luis Obispo county, which could bring significant warming and drying to these areas. These weather conditions are conducive to extreme fire behavior, with northerly winds in the 25-30 mph range.

On the coast, a strong marine layer will reform over the next couple of nights. Satellite imagery shows the return of some low clouds along the Ventura coast and some mid-level clouds across Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, which has provided some temperature relief for the Whittier fire.

During the week, temperatures are expected to cool to near normal for this time of year.

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