We’ve been dealing with afternoon winds all week here on the Central Coast but this weekend things look a bit different. There is a trough digging into The West. This trough will push a cold front thru the Central Coast late Friday night into Saturday. The pressure change after the front comes thru will drive strong winds across SB county Saturday afternoon into Sunday. Winds NW-NE of 20-40 will gust to 40-50mph in spots. The air will also be quite dry in the day and afternoons. Low relative humidity along with high winds and the drought means fire risk is higher than most days.
That’s putting the cart before the horse a bit. Friday (prior to the front) actually looks warm with interior valleys of SLO county hitting the mid 90s. Highs in the coastal valleys will reach the high 70s, and beaches in the 60s.
The weekend will see interior highs drop into the mid 80s with beaches in the 60s and coastal valleys in the 70s. Again, winds will be the story of the weekend. There will be enough wind to keep skies generally clear.
A ridge of high pressure develops Monday-Wednesday. Inland temperatures will rise into the mid 90s, but could approach 100. Closer to the coast some marine influence will keep temperatures in check near seasonal norms.