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Elevated surf at the coast and hot inland valley temperatures in store for the holiday weekend

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Posted at 5:19 AM, Jul 03, 2020

The weather pattern is shifting as a ridge of high pressure pushes into the southeast portion of Southern California. The result? Hot inland valley temperatures and a breezy July Fourth holiday.

Those in the inland valley communities will start to feel the heat on Friday as daytime highs increase, ranging from the mid-80s to the low 90s. Patchy morning fog is expected across this region, but clear skies will take over by late morning. Saturday, daytime highs will jump to the 90s and possibly the low 100s.

The coastal valleys will also be warming up with temperatures from the mid-70s to the upper 80s. These areas will likely start out foggy in the morning but be followed by a mostly sunny day. There will be similar sky conditions for the beaches, but daytime highs will be closer to the upper and 60s and mid-70s.

A beach hazards statement has been issued by the National Weather Service due to dangerous sea conditions.

As a reminder, for those who will be taking part in recreational ocean activities over the weekend, never turn your back on the ocean, especially since there will be high tides and dangerous rip currents.

The July 4th holiday will result in wind gusts up to 25 mph across the Central Coast from the beaches to the inland valleys. Daytime highs for the inland valleys will likely range from the low 90s to the low 100s, the mid-70s to the upper 80s for the coastal valleys, and the 60s and 70s for the beaches.