The morning commute will continue to include chilly lows in the 30s and 40s. Just after 4:30 a.m., San Miguel had a temperature of 38 degrees. Although it's cold, morning lows have jumped by about 10 degrees for valley locations compared to the start of the week.
Skies will be partly cloudy through the morning drive with areas of patchy fog across the Santa Ynez Valley. As winds shift out of the northeast throughout the morning, the winds will change direction by the afternoon and shift out of the northwest. Wind speeds should be fairly similar to conditions on Wednesday with maximum wind gusts just shy of 20 miles per hour.
Daytime highs along the coast will range from the low to mid-60s, and coastal valleys will stay right around the mid to upper 60s. Some inland valley communities will hover right around the mid-60s, while others will get pretty close to the low 70s.
As a weak trough swings over the area Thursday night, valley locations will likely have a cloudy start Friday. At the same time, gusty northeasterly winds will be back in the forecast for the mountains and foothills in Santa Barbara County. The weekend will start out cooler, but temperatures will trend up by Sunday, in some cases into the low to mid-70s. The start of next week could be even warmer as valley temperatures could reach the low 80s.