Patchy morning fog, low clouds expected throughout the morning commute

Posted at 4:25 AM, Sep 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 09:01:31-04

The marine layer and fog have made its return to the Central Coast Thursday morning. The fog will cover parts of the Coastal Valleys and beaches throughout the morning commute, followed by gradual clearing through 11 a.m. By early afternoon, there will be plenty of sunshine and it will be windy.

Northwesterly winds will increase Thursday afternoon along the coast and in the coastal valleys, with the potential for gusts to reach 25 miles per hour. Breezy north to northwesterly winds will continue for much of Santa Barbara County, including the Santa Ynez Valley. Along the south coast region, in areas like Gaviota and Refugio, wind gusts could reach 35-40 mph gusts from the afternoon through the evening hours.

Temperature-wise, daytime highs will be a few degrees cooler. The inland valleys will stay close to the low 80s, while the coastal valleys will stay right around the mid-70s. The beaches, while breezy, will still have mild temperatures from the mid-60s to the low 70s.