Winds start cranking in the afternoon

Posted at 1:11 PM, Jun 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-04 16:11:25-04

Local weather always seems like a trade-off: offshore winds produce heat, calm winds often produce clouds at the coast and high winds clear out the skies and cool us down but can be a real challenge during fire season.  The latter is the situation we face this week. 

A strong ridge of high pressure is collapsing and NW winds are developing.  Winds at 15-30mph will develop most afternoons into early next week.  Tuesday night’s winds into Wednesday afternoon look to be the strongest with winds of 15-35mph with potential gusts to 40mph.

These onshore winds will bring coastal temps down into the 60s at the beaches with 60s and low 70s in the coastal valleys.  Interior valleys hit their first 100+ degree temps on Sunday (first since Sept. of last year) but the current higher wind flow and flattening of the ridge will bring temps back down into the mid 80s on Tuesday with upper 70s Wednesday before hovering near 90 into the upcoming weekend.

The good news is that a return of 100+ doesn’t look to be in the cards into early next week.

Clearly winds like this are plenty to make any fire an immediate concern.  This time of year it is the light grasses that tend to burn and those fires can run fast.  Please follow along for the latest on wind advisories.