Hot weather in the short term but next week looks much cooler

Posted at 4:26 PM, May 06, 2020

High pressure has been building in over California last night and today and driving north and northeast winds which are fueling this hot weather.

There are several advisories today: one for the high heat and the other for the high winds. The heat advisory lasts until Thursday night for hot daytime highs and locally warm overnight lows. People should avoid peak heat of the day and stay hydrated. Extra precautions should be given to children, pets and the elderly.

The wind advisory for Santa Barbara county is for the N-NE winds which could gust past 50mph again tonight into Thursday morning.

The heat may peak today but the ridge lingers into the weekend. At the coast some weak onshore flow could bring temps down a little but still be above average thru the weekend. Inland temps stay quite hot thru Friday and only cool a little Saturday.

Sunday temps drop notably and by early next week temperatures are below average.

A significant trough develops and drops into the region early next week and models show a frontal boundary pushing thru the Central Coast later Monday into Tuesday for a chance of light rain. If any rain falls it will be less than .10" and more likely only a hundredth here and there.

Regardless there will be onshore flow and significant marine layer. Some beaches return to low 60s for highs next week. A big change indeed.