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Excessive heat warnings remain in effect, red flag warning expires

Posted at 11:02 AM, Jul 07, 2018

A very strong ridge of high pressure continues to produce extreme temperatures across the Central Coast. 

Weather conditions at the Holiday Fire in Goleta remain a critical focus for firefighters. Temperatures are warmer than yesterday in many locations. Overnight, temperatures did not cool off much. Once the winds shift onshore, the area should see a few degrees of cooling. 

In Goleta, the daytime high will be about 93 with relative humidities dipping into the single digits. After Friday night’s sundowner-driven fire, winds today will be out of the northeast 10-20 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Later in the day, winds shift out of the southeast 8-15 mph with gusts to 25 mph. 

An official air quality alert has not been issued for the area near the Holiday Fire in Goleta, however, those sensitive to smoke and ash or who have other health conditions, should limit their time outside. 

An air quality alert has been issued for the Nipomo Mesa area from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. due to blowing dust and sand

Wind advisories and red glad warnings have expired but excessive heat warnings remain in effect across San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. Temperatures will range from upper 90s to 110. 

In the coastal valleys, temperatures will span from 90 to 100. Expect 100-110 inland and upper 70s to near 90 at the beaches. 

Take steps to avoid heat exhaustion by limiting time outside, drinking plenty of water and finding cool, shaded areas. 

We’ll see some substantial cooling tomorrow at the coast with highs dropping into the 70s. Meanwhile, coastal valleys will be stuck in the mid-80s to mid-90s and inland communities will still have highs from 105-110 Sunday.