Temperatures started warming up Wednesday, with several areas over 10 degrees warmer from Tuesday afternoon.
Temperatures are going to get even warmer as a high pressure ridge over the area brings warm and dry conditions.
Temperatures by Friday could be 10-15 degrees above what we saw today.
Slight cooling is expected by the weekend, but temperatures will still be above normal.
Skies are expected to stay mostly clear through next Tuesday.
Gusty winds are expected across southern Santa Barbara County Wednesday night. These winds are expected to stay below advisory level except for potentially the eastern part of the Santa Ynez range near Montecito.
Our High Surf Advisory continues through Thursday afternoon.
Surf between 12 to 18 feet is expected through this evening, before lowering to 8 to 12 feet through Thursday afternoon.
For the beaches along the Santa Barbara South Coast, surf will be elevated to 3 to 6 feet and will continue through this evening. A beach hazards statement will cover these areas.
Still seeing high surf, especially for the Central Coast! Things should calm down later Thursday before the next swell moves in for the weekend. BE SAFE by staying off rocks and jetties! #socal #cawx #highsurf #CentralCoastWX pic.twitter.com/L9kyMhYf2n— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) January 13, 2021
Beach-goers should remain well back from the water, watch for rogue waves, and stay off rock walls and jetties.
Red flag conditions are possible over the next few days, particularly for southern Santa Barbara County.
A Fire Weather Watch will be in effect Friday night through Saturday morning for the Santa Barbara County mountains and south coast.
Humidities are expected to be dropping by Friday, with a sundowner wind event expected Friday night into Saturday.
Have a great day!