Gusty, damaging winds expected Monday night through Wednesday morning

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Posted at 5:11 AM, Jan 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-18 09:39:32-05

A fire weather watch has been issued for the Central Coast. The watch will last from Monday night through Wednesday morning as northeasterly and easterly wind gusts across the mountains could reach 70 miles per hour. Coupled with the wind gusts will be the lower humidity levels that could drop close to 15%, which shows just how dry the air and vegetation continue to be.

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At the coast, a high surf advisory will extend from northern San Luis Obispo County to the south coast region in Santa Barbara County. Breaking waves for SLO County and northern Santa Barbara County beaches could range from 15-20 feet and will be closer to five to eight feet along the south coast. The high surf will bring dangerous rip currents, but it's expected to subside Tuesday.

Temperatures will remain above average Monday with daytime highs across coastal valleys ranging from the 70s and 80s and from the 60s and 70s for the inland valleys and beaches.

Looking ahead to the big wind event, an upper-level low flowing out of the northeast will cause gusty conditions Monday through Wednesday across the Central Coast and Southern California. At the same time, there will be instability that will result in a chance of rain showers of the mountains and foothills in east Los Angeles County. As for rain for the Central Coast, it's possible there could be some rain shower development as early as Saturday.