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Strong winds and high surf subside later Thursday

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Posted at 5:18 AM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 08:18:30-05

Pleasantly warm weather continues Thursday for the Central Coast.

Daytime highs will be right around 66 degrees for many locations in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

Inland locations such as Paso Robles will remain in the low 60s.

Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley will have daytime highs approaching the 70 degree mark Thursday and Friday.

Temperatures will cool a few degrees over the weekend but skies will remain partly cloudy to sunny.

Gusty wind conditions continue to be a major factor of the forecast.

The winds are sub-advisory level for San Luis Obispo County however NE winds 15-25 mph with higher gusts will persist during the morning and evening hours. Winds shift onshore during the afternoon with gusts possible to 35.

In Santa Barbara County, a high wind warning and wind advisory remain in place until noon due to gusty north winds. For mountain areas will experience north winds 25-35 mph with gusts to 60 mph. In the hills and canyons, north winds will be 20-30 mph with gusts to 40 mph.

High surf will begin to subside Thursday night into Friday. For west and northwest facing beaches along the Central Coast, there will be large breaking waves 15-20 ft. Thursday morning. The high surf warning for SLO County expires Thursday night.

Along the South Coast, waves will break 6-9 ft. on west facing beaches. The advisory there is set to expire Friday night.