Air Quality Alert issued for San Luis Obispo County, smoke impacting temperatures

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Posted at 4:41 PM, Sep 11, 2020

Fog and smoke linger on the Central Coast and low clouds will impact coastal areas through the middle of next week.

The marine layer looks to deepen overnight into Saturday and could cause foggy and misty conditions in the evening and early morning hours.

It looks to stick around along the coast, but break up more in some more inland communities.

A Dense Fog Advisory has been issued for San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties until Saturday at 9 a.m. Visibility could be one quarter mile or less in dense fog on roadways such as Highways 1 and 101, and State Route 246.

An Air Quality Alert is in effect until 5 p.m. September 14th for San Luis Obispo County.

If you smell smoke or see ash, it's best to head indoors, close windows and doors and avoid strenuous activity outside.

An Air Quality Watch has been issued for Santa Barbara County.

Friday's daytime highs were lower than originally anticipated due to the thick layer of smoke from wildfires burning across the state.

Smoke from these wildfires are having an international impact, research institutes in Germany detecting it in its area.

For Saturday, daytime highs at the beach are looking to reach the low 60's, with coastal valleys reaching low to mid 70's and interior valleys hitting mid to upper 80's.

Northwesterly and northerly winds are expected along the coast and in coastal valleys across San Luis Obispo County with speeds from 10-20 MPH this evening

For the inland valleys, westerly and southwesterly winds will continue with wind gusts from 15-20 mph.

The south coast region will also have winds shifting out of the northeast for areas like Gaviota with wind speeds up to 20 mph.