Grab your water and sunscreen, today’s extreme heat will be one for the record books. Fire weather conditions continue across southwest California, a Red Flag Warning was issued for Santa Barbara County. The peak of the heat wave is expected to be Friday through Saturday when triple-digit heat will be likely across many inland areas.
At 3:00 a.m. on Friday, the Gaviota Fire Department`s current temperature was 98 according to NWS.
Winds are also a concern, a wind advisory was issued through Saturday.There will be even stronger north flow overnight and there will be advisory level gusts between 45 and 50 mph through and below the passes and canyons of the Santa Barbara south coast and the Santa Ynez range.
The excessive heat warning is in effect for the entire forecast. There will be triple digit heat everywhere except for the immediate beach area. Max temps will universally be 20 to 25 degrees above normal.
Overnight lows will again be very much above normal and will offer little to no relief from the heat. Saturday will again be dangerously hot and the excessive heat warning will continue into the evening.
The offshore winds in the morning will turn onshore from the south and the resulting influx of cooler ocean air will temper the afternoon warm up – in fact, a few locations may have morning highs.
Still hot on Sunday. But it will be noticeably cooler with onshore flow both to the north and east.
With the extreme heat, the position of the high-pressure system will open the door for possible monsoonal moisture to move into the region sometime later this weekend or early next week.