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Strong afternoon winds having a number of local impacts

Posted at 8:36 PM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 23:36:47-04

With several fires burning on the Central Coast the increasing NW winds today weren't only fanning the flames but also carrying the smoke downstream.

This afternoon the Avila Fire began and winds up to 30mph helped the fire spread quickly.

The reason the winds picked up were related to a cold front pushing over the area. A trough also moved through the Pacific NW. Onshore winds continue overnight but the pace will relax, however NW winds up to 20mph with higher gusts develop again Tuesday afternoon.

This will be a concern to get hot-spots out before the winds pick up again.

In terms of temps there is a subtle arc up Wednesday away from the beaches, but at the beach temps could go down. This is because the winds should get lighter and might result in marine layer setting up and lingering at beaches but not allowing the cooler air to get far inland.