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Calmer winds develop for fire-ravaged Ventura County

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Earlier this week, wind gusts topped 80 miles per hour over parts of Ventura County. For several days, winds in Thomas Fire active areas were 20-40 mph with 50 mph gusts. All of that dry air coming from Santa Ana winds.  

Those winds were fueled by an exiting low pressure trough and developing ridge. The ridge is now in place and the daily difference in pressure is less, so while night and morning winds will be NE, they will lack the high gust potential.  

The air will still be very dry and temperatures in the 80s will keep fire weather conditions less than ideal. There will also be some shifting in the winds from SW during the day to NE in the night and morning hours.

The Central Coast weather is largely unchanged with high clouds and some night and morning offshore flow with afternoon onshore winds all under 20 mph.

Highs will be in the 70s inland and at the beaches and upper 70s to mid-80s for coastal valleys. Those temps last all the way into next week. Inland temps will freeze each night while most coastal lows remain in the upper 30s and lower 40s.

Long range models like rain around the 22nd of the month with Christmas being cool, windy and possibly showery. 

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