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Daytime highs expected to be below average Thursday ahead of a chance of rain late Friday

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Posted at 5:06 AM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 10:03:03-04

The Fall-like weather continues for the Central Coast as below-average temperatures remain in the forecast. Most inland valley communities will be close to the mid-70s and low 80s Thursday, which is below normal temperatures that are usually closer to the mid-80s. The coastal valleys are expected to cool down as well with daytime highs ranging from the low 60s to low 70s. The coast will have the coolest temperatures Thursday with peak daytime highs reaching the 50s and low 60s.

Thick clouds are at a mid to high-level Thursday morning and clearing will likely be gradual throughout the late morning and early afternoon hours. Throughout the morning commute, drivers should expect some patches of dense fog and a chance of drizzle.

There will be a shift in the wind pattern Thursday as wind speeds increase throughout the afternoon. Inland valley locations like Paso Robles will have southwesterly winds that could potentially reach 20 miles per hour. Santa Ynez and the Gaviota coastline could both experience northwesterly wind gusts up to 25 mph as well.

The low-pressure system that is going to bring some precipitation to Northern California could still bring a chance of rain to the Central Coast late Friday night through early Saturday. Right now, the long-range outlook shows mostly cloudy skies late Friday night across the Central Coast that could produce some light scattered showers, but most likely it will be in the form of drizzle. Overall, there's a 20% chance of rain that could carry over into early Saturday morning before conditions become mostly sunny.