Interior heat sticking around for one more day, cooler weather is on the way

Sights from the California Mid State Fair
Posted at 4:33 AM, Jul 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-22 12:36:33-04

Good Morning Central Coast! We made it to Friday and it is going to be another hot one in the interior valleys so get ready!

As far as morning fog is concerned, there are a few patches moving through coastal valleys but most locations should remain clear for the morning commute.

Temperatures today will be similar to most of the highs this week. Inland highs will reach into the triple digits, coastal valleys in the upper 70s and low 80s with coasts in the 60s.

It has been a while since we chatted about winds, but here we go. There is a wind advisory in place along the Santa Barbara County south coast where this evening sundowner wind gusts could bring 40mph isolated gusts. Take caution on the roadways with these conditions.

It is day 3 of the California Mid-State Fair and if you are gearing up to head out it is going to be another hot one! Highs today will be near 105 but thankfully will cool down in the evenings once again in time for the Grandstand concert when Old Dominion takes the stage.

Temps will cool down significantly as we head into the weekend and by next week highs will be in the low 90s. That will make for much more comfortable fair weather!

To kick off the weekend big changes are in store for the interior valleys. They will see some much needed cooling temps!

A ridge of high pressure is keeping the marine layer low and pinned to beaches and near coastal valleys. This has kept inland temps over 100 much of the week.

This pattern holds through this evening but the ridge in the jet stream moves on to be replaced by the milder SW flow aloft. This will return inland temps to near average (actually a few degrees below Sunday into the middle of next week).

Beaches and near coastal valleys have been generally mild this week as night and morning low clouds have been somewhat stubborn at beaches and even when the clouds clear off the marine influence is there keeping temps down.

This cooling pattern will also cool places already mild, but not as dramatically as inland. Folks at beaches and near coastal valleys can expect temps to drop a handful of degrees with deep penetration of the night and morning marine clouds thru the weekend.

Later next week it looks like some warming resumes, some models are actually calling for some very warm/hot temps to develop late next week. Stay tuned.

Very little week-to-week change in the U.S. Drought Monitor in the latest update, some slight increases in the lower levels of drought. But 100% of the state continues to be in drought. Lake levels are continuing to drop.

Have a great weekend!