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Warm temperatures and potential for gusty winds on Central Coast

Posted at 4:08 PM, Aug 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-29 19:08:12-04

Warmer temperatures and fair skies are expected through the end of this week, as high pressure builds over the area.

Night through morning low clouds will return to the coastal areas and some valleys.

Low pressure might bring more clouds and cooler temperatures by next week.

Skies are still pretty clear this afternoon except for a few high clouds still passing through from the southwest.

Temperatures today warmed up as expected as high pressure starts to rebuild and gradients weakened.

Similar trends are expected Thursday before they level off Friday. a cooling trend should begin Saturday for some areas and Sunday for others. 

Temperatures are not expected to reach triple digits for the valleys.

An upper-level trough of low pressure will move through the Central Coast later on Thursday. 

This system will create a steep pressure gradient along the CA coastline and produce strong gale-force northwesterly winds up to 38 mph along the shoreline and minimum amounts of marine low clouds later Thursday through Saturday.

Fuels remain drier than normal, which presents the threat of large fires during these periods of warmer drier weather.

Moderately strong winds expected along coastline today through Saturday with the winds calming around Sunday.