High winds and warm weather expected for Central Coast, beaches best on Wednesday

Posted at 4:17 PM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 00:07:42-04

Northwesterly winds will build to strong to gale-force levels Tuesday afternoon into Thursday, producing sunny skies along the beaches for the late morning to early afternoon.

Gentle to moderate Santa Lucia winds may develop Wednesday morning. A warming trend is already underway and inland areas are expected to get hot Wednesday.

Friday marks the start of cooler temperatures and marine layer with fog and mist at the beaches through the weekend.

The PG&E fire rating for Tuesday is very high in the inland valleys.

A wind advisory remains in effect from 6 p.m. Tuesday to 3 a.m. Wednesday in Carpinteria and Goleta. Gusty northwest to north winds could reach 45 to 45 mph between Gaviota and Refugio.

Winds will continue through the overnight hours but may slow down after midnight.

These gusty winds will make driving difficult for high profile vehicles on Highways 101 and 154 as well as the Gaviota Pass and San Marcos Pass.