Microclimates back in play as spring pattern dominates

Posted at 5:49 PM, May 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-30 20:49:55-04

Over the past month the Central Coast has not been able to establish it’s standard spring pattern but this week it finally set up. Night and morning clouds at the coast with clearing and a breeze in the afternoon is the forecast moving thru the next week.

This will mean beach communities will stay in the 60s with coastal valleys near 70 and inland temps in the 80s, warming into the low 90s early next week.

The only twist in this pattern is the cold air aloft. That cooler layer interacts with warming air in the mountains and afternoon thunderstorms are possible for the next few days. Where these storms form locally heavy rain and lightning are likely which can result in flooding. Currently there is very little steering flow so the storms stay near where they form. That could change Saturday or Sunday this week when the steering winds become more northeasterly. Currently I am not forecasting rain for the interior valley communities but we’ll have to watch that for possible inclusion later.

Mid-next-week the upper low and cold air should move off and end the threat of afternoon storms anywhere.