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Marine clouds could linger along the coast through most of the day

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Posted at 5:23 AM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 12:43:10-04

A trough of low pressure is bringing some changes to the Central Coast Friday.

Most of the coastal regions and coastal valleys across both counties will be waking up to some fog and marine cloud coverage. If the fog is dense enough, it's possible that it could produce misty conditions for areas like Lompoc. These conditions should start to mix out by late morning for the coastal valleys, but it's possible that the marine clouds could linger through most of the day.

The increased onshore flow and the marine layer will cool temperatures down by eight to 12 degrees Friday, compared to the daytime highs across the Central Coast. Most of the areas that have been near triple digits will be back in the 70s and low 80s Friday. The beaches will struggle to reach the low 70s and the coastal valleys will also be close to the 60s and 70s.

Northerly winds are going to increase Friday afternoon through the evening hours, with potential for wind gusts to reach 30 miles per hour at their peak. This should actually help clear out the remaining cloud cover from the morning for the coastal valley communities. The breezy conditions will continue through Saturday and could be at their peak by the evening hours. Despite the breezy conditions Saturday, it's possible that coastal marine clouds will stay put through at least the early afternoon.