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More cool nights and mild afternoons this week

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Similar to conditions early last week, we'll see a ridge of high pressure over the West.  It'll produce lighter NE winds in the night and morning hours with weak afternoon onshore flow.  Clear skies and dry air will result.  Dry air cools and warms quickly so we`ll stretch the forecast on both the low and high end until we reach mid-week.

At mid-levels there will be enough southerly flow to carry what Thomas Fire smoke is generated north into more of SB and SLO county.

Highs will range from the mid-60s in the interior valleys and beaches to the 70s in the coastal valleys for the next few days.

We'll see change on Wednesday when a cold front races thru the area.  The low it is attached to will snake down the inside of the Sierra so it'll be a dry passage however it'll crank up the local winds.

NW winds 15-30mph later Wed. PM into Thursday morning for the Central Coast.  This will be a concerning wind for the Thomas Fire since it'll align more northerly which runs parallel to the passes and canyons and the gusts in SB county could near 50mph, we saw what strong winds can do to a fire this last Saturday.

Offshore winds return again after the frontal passage Thursday into Friday.  This will keep the air dry and overnight lows cold.

The extended forecast does show a pattern change around Christmas, but I think it days breezy and dry.  I think the next chance of rain is just before New Year's however with the pattern opening up it could easily change, so it is worth staying updated with this forecast.

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