One more hot day ahead of rain and cooler daytime highs

Posted at 5:06 AM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-18 09:34:51-05

A ridge of high pressure will continue to push over Southern California Monday, which will also bring warmer daytime highs and wide spread sunshine to the Central Coast Monday.

Maximum temperatures for the inland and coastal valleys will range from the low to mid-80s and the beaches will stay close to the mid to upper 70s. For perspective, the average temperature for Santa Maria is 68 degrees, but the city could reach 83 degrees Monday.

As temperatures increase, mild onshore winds will also develop for most of the area. Weather models are indicating that much of the winds will stay below 15 miles per hour through the afternoon.

The big talker in this week's forecast is the chance of rain. A trough of low pressure will develop in the northwest Tuesday, which will increase the opportunity for rain chances for the Central Coast. The Santa Ynez Valley and Cuyama Valley could see rain as early as Tuesday night. There's about a 20-30% chance of rain for much of San Luis Obispo County, but a lot of that activity is expected late Tuesday night through early Wednesday. Early rainfall estimates for San Luis Obispo County will be around a tenth of an inch and between a tenth to a quarter of an inch fro Santa Barbara County. There will be increased rain chances Wednesday for Santa Barbara County and the rest of Southern California.

During the rainy period, temperatures will also trend down and mostly be in the 60s and 70s, so even if you don't use your umbrella, you'll still need a jacket.

The weekend will be clear with warmer daytime highs around seasonal averages.