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Daytime highs will cool a bit as onshore flow returns

Posted at 4:49 PM, Nov 15, 2018

We’ve seen extended offshore flow around the entire state which set the stage for the numerous wildfires. The good news is that the offshore winds are fading and also the pace of the wind is slower. This will allow a mix of low clouds and high clouds to come across the area thru the weekend for cooler conditions. There is also ample smoke and haze from the Camp Fire since the winds are NW we get some transport down here to the Central Coast.

Smoke in Morro Bay from Michele Sherman

Highs back off into the mid 70s for the coastal valleys with interior temps similar for Friday with another 3-5 degree drop over the weekend.

Sunday some offshore returns for a little bump in temps to begin next week (mid 70s at the coastal valleys).

Next week’s forecast features a pattern change but the details are hard to pin down. Right now looks like we could see rain anywhere from Wednesday to Friday with another stronger system possible Sunday. This of course is critical not only due to travel weather but also for recent burn areas where any heavy rain could present possible debris flow conditions. The American Model looks to hold rain off until later Thursday, and that’s the forecast I am leaning on right now since the EURO model is essentially in stark contrast on timing and not agreeing with the majority of models in the extended. Suffice to say, this outlook will probably change quite a bit… so stay tuned.