Dry weather continues for the Central Coast Friday

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Posted at 5:06 AM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 13:33:37-05

The start to the weekend will begin with cloudy skies followed by gradual clearing. As of 4:15 a.m. fog was filling in over the Lompoc area and visibility was ranging from a half-mile to a mile, however, an advisory has not been issued. Drivers in this area should be prepared to increase following distance through the morning commute.

A high surf advisory along the coastlines of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties has been extended again through Tuesday morning. For west-facing beaches, breaking waves will range from 12 to 16 feet with local sets up to 18 feet, while south coast beaches will have surf from 4 to 7 feet. Higher surf for both areas is expected Sunday night through Monday.

Temperatures will continue to be slightly above average with daytime highs across coastal valleys reaching the low 70s. Daytime highs for beaches will range from the mid-60s to the low 70s, while the inland valleys will mostly stay in the mid-60s range.

A wind event will take place Friday night as offshore flow develops along the south coast. During this time, wind gusts are expected to range from 35 to 50 miles per hour, which could prompt an advisory.

Looking ahead to the weekend, temperatures will remain fairly consistent but by the start of next week, the Central Coast will experience even warmer temperatures that will be closer to the mid-70s.