Mostly clear skies Wednesday ahead of a shift in the weather pattern Thursday

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Posted at 5:38 AM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 08:59:33-04

The Central Coast is starting out with a mostly clear morning Wednesday with the exception of a few coastal valley locations.

The Santa Maria Valley, Lompoc, and the South Coast region in Santa Barbara County will have some degree of coastal cloud cover throughout the morning. The foggy conditions will start to mix out by mid-morning making for a sunny afternoon across both counties.

Northwesterly winds will be breezy at times from the afternoon through early evening hours, but most areas will only likely experience wind gusts up to 20 miles per hour.

Compared to this time last year, temperatures are going to be slightly warmer for the inland valley communities. For the inland valleys in San Luis Obispo County, daytime highs will range from the mid-80s all the way up to the mid-90s for areas like San Miguel. Daytime highs will stay within this range through the end of the weekend. The coastal valleys will range from the 70s and 80s, and the beaches will have a mix of 60s and 70s.

The weather pattern will begin to shift as early as Wednesday as a trough of low pressure develops over California, remaining stationary over Monterey Bay Thursday through Saturday. This means there will be an increased marine layer in the overnight hours that could linger throughout the morning commute for the rest of the week.