Not much relief for inland heat

Posted at 3:06 PM, Aug 02, 2018

Our run of triple digit heat in the interior continued again today for the 11th straight day for interior valleys of SLO county.  Friday and Saturday should also see 100+ degree heat before we break the streak Sunday with highs in the upper 90s (that’s not much relief).  The bad news is that not only does the heat return next week but becomes extreme with 105-110 degree temps Tuesday thru Thursday with some relief developing around next weekend.  Under the ridge looks like there could be some activity in the Eastern Pacific tropical areas (hurricane/tropical storm), some high clouds and mugginess is also possible with the developing heat wave next week but the storms themselves will be too far away for much else.

Closer to the coast temps look pretty steady into the weekend with some night and morning marine influence with afternoon clearing and slightly above average temps thru the weekend.  The developing heat wave next week will also warm coastal areas as the marine layer will shrink due to the developing high pressure.  85-95 degree highs in the coastal valleys is likely Monday-Thursday next week.  Beaches will also warm but not as dramatically.

The transition to warm weather will be marked by winds, especially across Santa Barbara county.  Friday could be breezy/windy in the Santa Ynez range but stronger and drier winds will develop early next week for potentially dangerous fire weather conditions as well.