More sun Thursday but after that cooler into the weekend

Posted at 4:24 PM, Apr 29, 2020

The Central Coast saw a lot of cloud cover today, low clouds early then a spray of high clouds most of the afternoon. There also has been what I like to call "noticeable" mugginess. In the grand scheme of mugginess today's numbers are rather pedestrian in the mid 50s to 60 degree dew points but in Central Coast relativity these are dew points people notice since the air here is generally more dry.

A trough is moving through the Pac NW and onshore flow is dominant. We'll see that trough pass us into Thursday which will clean out some clouds and crank up the winds, and yes the dew points will drop a bit.

What is interesting about Thursday locally is that the increase in sunshine could actually boost temps even though it is associated with a trough which under most circumstances cools us down. Regardless it is a one-off day as the general trend will be down into the weekend. Winds in southern Santa Barbara county Thursday could be high enough for wind advisories. Additional advisories could be needed for that area Friday and Saturday with more N-NW flow.

Friday through Sunday temps bottom out, but they will still be above average before some slow warming next week. No rain in the forecast in fact the second half of next week could get hot. Stay tuned for more on that.