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High surf subsides but daytime highs will continue to be in the 70s and 80s

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Posted at 5:06 AM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 09:05:47-05

The high surf advisory that was in effect for an extended period has expired, but the January beach weather continues for the Central Coast.

For the morning commuters, expect temperatures to be in the 40s, 50s, and 60s with mostly clear skies. Winds will continue to shift out of the northeast through the morning hours before northwesterly flow takes over by the afternoon.

A fire weather watch will remain in place for the south coast, mountains, and foothills across Santa Barbara County through Saturday morning. While the watch remains in place, north to northeasterly winds could range from 15-30 miles per hour with wind gusts up to 50 mph. The strongest winds are expected across the Montecito Hills and humidity levels could be as low as eight to 15 percent. If a fire were to break out in this area, it could potentially spread very rapidly.

Temperatures will continue to be very and in some cases above average. At the coast, expect 70s and 80s, while coastal valleys will mostly be around the low to mid-80s. It won't be as warm across inland valleys, but daytime highs there will still be above average and mostly in the 70s.

Daytime highs will trend down mostly to the 70s over the weekend and the next chance for rain could be as early as January 23, however, it's still too early to tell if and how that system will play out and if it will bring substantial rainfall.