Northern California wildfire smoke pushing into the Central Coast

Posted at 3:20 PM, Aug 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-24 18:20:49-04

A low-pressure system off of the Pacific Northwest will push smoke from Northern California over the Central Coast today Friday through most of Saturday.

That smoke is causing high levels of particulate matter in the air, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups like children, seniors, or people with heart or lung conditions.

The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District and Santa Barbara County Public Health Department issued an air quality watch for Santa Barbara County.

Moving into the weekend, cleaner air from the Pacific will likely move into San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.

High pressure will move east, allowing for near-normal temperatures and fair skies, with the exception of overnight coastal clouds into some valleys. Clouds may push into most valley areas each night, clearing by afternoon hours.

Winds are not expected to be an issue through the short-term forecast, although the western portion of Santa Barbara County’s south coast will see weak sundowner winds.

Early next week, an upper low will swing through for slightly cooler temperatures.