High surf advisory continues at the coast Tuesday

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Posted at 5:04 AM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 09:34:20-05

A high surf advisory that was issued along the coast in San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County will continue Tuesday. Breaking waves could potentially range from 10-15 feet and coastal flooding remains a possibility.

For Santa Barbara County's south coast region, a beach hazards statement has been issued due to elevated surf. As a result, low-lying areas could experience minor coastal flooding.

Although wind advisories have expired, northeasterly winds will be a factor in Tuesday's forecast. 15-25 mile per hour winds are expected across most of the Central Tuesday, however, wind speeds early Tuesday morning along the south coast were clocking in at just under 50 mph for the Montecito area.

Temperatures will be a few degrees warmer Tuesday, particularly for the coastal and inland valley communities. The Santa Ynez Valley will have temperatures from the upper 60s to mid-70s, while most of the coastal valleys will range from the mid to upper 60s. At the coast, daytime highs will still be on the cooler side with daytime highs from the upper 50s to the mid-60s.

There's still a chance of rain in the forecast Thursday as another cold front sweeps through the area. Right now, models are predicting San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County will see rain, although, rainfall totals will again be very light.