Triple-digit temperatures backing off Thursday

Posted at 5:32 AM, Jul 19, 2018

Daytime highs for the inland valleys are shying away from triple-digit temperatures.

On Thursday, the interior portions will mostly be in the mid to upper 90s. Paso Robles has a daytime high of 95 degrees with mostly sunny skies, still making for a very warm day at the California Mid-State Fair. Over the next four days, these temperatures will be fairly consistent. By the beginning of next week, the ridge of high pressure over the region will expand, which will result in 100-degree weather.

Thunderstorms over the Santa Barbara County mountains continue to be in the forecast Thursday morning. This isn’t posing any major threat or impact but is rather a result of monsoonal conditions. The impacts could mean about a 20% chance of light rain or a chance of dry lightning in the Santa Barbara County Mountains. 

The coastal valleys will mostly be in the mid-70s to the mid-80s on Thursday. Modeling shows that winds could increase up to about 25 miles per hour in areas like Santa Maria and Solvang by Thursday evening. At the coast, temperatures are cooler and mostly in the upper 60s to low 70s. Morning marine layer will be a factor along the coast ahead of afternoon clearing which will bring partly cloudy skies.