Gusty northerly winds prompt wind advisory along the south coast

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Posted at 5:02 AM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 09:06:22-05

The warmer weather continues Friday as temperatures stay between 60s and mid-70s.

The morning commute will have clear skies and breezy conditions over Santa Barbara County's valleys and coastline. The winds will continue to ramp up through the afternoon, ranging from 20-30 miles per hour across San Luis Obispo County. The south coast region will remain under a wind advisory through Sunday as wind gusts are expected to peak from 30-50 mph. The winds will aid in the development of warmer temperatures, keeping daytime highs across the central coast above average through the end of the weekend.

The coastal valleys will continue to range from the upper 60s to about the mid-70s, while the beaches and interiors will hover around the mid-60s to low 70s.

Along the coast, a high surf advisory will remain in place through 10 a.m. Sunday for San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County. Breaking waves are expected to range from eight to 12 feet with local sets up 16 feet.

Looking ahead to next week, there could be some changes in the forecast in relation to rain. The GFS model suggests that a cold front moving over the area Tuesday could bring rain to the central coast through Wednesday. However, the European Model is showing the region stays dry through that period. There will be a better indication of what to expect by the end of the weekend.