Strong winds, fire weather concerns Monday

Posted at 5:12 PM, Jan 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-17 20:12:03-05

It was another summer like day for the Central Coast Sunday, with several places seeing temperatures in the 80's!

Click here for today's highs.

Cooler weather is expected to begin Monday, with temperatures falling closer to normal levels by the end of the week.

Very strong, damaging winds are expected Monday night through Wednesday morning. Gusts can be upwards of 50 mph in foothills of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, and damaging wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph are likely in mountain areas.

The strongest winds of this event are expected Tuesday.

Because of this, a High Wind Watch has been issued through Wednesday morning.

Fire weather is another major concern this week as warm, dry conditions continue.

Relative humidities are expected to be 15-30% Monday, with some chances of moisture returning by Friday.

A Fire Weather Watch goes into effect Monday night due to the combination of warm temperatures and gusty winds.

During this time it's important to prepare yourself for a wildfire and make a plan with your family in case you need to evacuate.

Hazards are still out on the water as well.

A High Surf Advisory continues through Tuesday night.

Large breaking waves of 12-16 feet are expected to diminish somewhat overnight.
Waves 15-20 feet are likely on Monday.

A Small Craft Advisory is also in effect through Tuesday, with extra caution recommended near the Morro Bay Harbor.

Stay safe out there!

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