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Hot inland valley temperatures and elevated winds back in the forecast Monday

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Posted at 4:55 AM, Aug 03, 2020

A strong upper level high will bring hot temperatures to the inland valleys and parts of the coastal valleys Monday.
Daytime highs across the inland valleys will be in the low 100s for one more day before a cooling trend begins Tuesday. Due to hot temperatures and breezy conditions, fire conditions will be elevated Monday. For San Luis Obispo County, particularly where the Pond Fire is burning near Santa Margarita, daytime highs will be close to 100 degrees with peak wind gusts just shy of 30 miles per hour through the early evening hours. For Santa Barbara County, fire conditions could be at even higher levels due to sundowner winds. Currently, there is no advisory or warning in place, but wind isolated wind gusts could reach 50 mph Monday night around the south coast region, particularly near Refugio and Gaviota.

As of 5:00 a.m. Monday, the satellite radar wasn't picking up much marine layer over SLO County, but rather the most southern portion over the south coast region in Santa Barbara County. By the morning commute, skies should be mostly clear and cloud cover will mix out.

Temperatures across the coastal valleys will reach the 70s and 80s Monday and the beaches will range from the mid-60s to the mid-70s. Monday will be the last day of warmer conditions before a trough of low pressure expands Tuesday, bringing a cool down over the area through Wednesday.