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A foggy start to the morning will be followed by a breezy afternoon

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Posted at 5:05 AM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 12:30:16-05

Patchy fog is being reported over deeper inland valleys across San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties early Tuesday morning. The fog is expected to mix out throughout the morning commute and skies should be mostly clear by the afternoon.

Northwesterly winds will increase throughout the afternoon and evening hours Tuesday, prompting a wind advisory that is set to expire Wednesday morning. Wind speeds will range from 20-30 miles per hour but wind gusts could reach 40 mph.

At the coast, a high surf advisory will be in place through Wednesday morning. Breaking waves of nine to 13 feet with local sets up to 16 feet are likely along the coast from northern SLO County to northern Santa Barbara County.

Daytime highs will be right around average, with inland valleys from the mid-50s to upper 60s, the coast from the upper 50s to low 60s, and the coastal valleys from the 60s to low 70s.

Looking ahead to the rest of the week, a ridge will move east over the state by Thursday. Coupled with the ridge, the offshore flow will increase daytime highs and bring warmer conditions to the Central Coast Thursday through Friday. Looking ahead to the weekend, temperatures will cool down as a trough moves in, which will also result in gusty northwesterly winds.