Subtle heating begins ahead of a hot weekend

Sunset in Avila Beach
Posted at 4:34 AM, Jul 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-07 14:52:14-04

Good Morning Central Coast! This Thursday we are in store for some slight warming in terms of our daytime highs all due to a building high pressure system that will clear everything but the morning and evening marine layer clouds.

Today that marine layer is persistent although a bit less dense along our northern communities and more dense as you head south into Lompoc and Santa Ynez. Along the Santa Barbara county south coast they are staying clear thanks to some continued sundowner winds.

The low pressure trough that has kept us more mild is on its way out. However, this trough is lifting out slowly. By Friday only some weaker SW flow aloft is left, and heights in the upper atmosphere increase.

Firstly this will make for another cloudy start to the morning once again, marine air will intrude into the coastal areas, although not as much into the interior valleys. This means the marine cooled air will be more limited and not reach inland areas by the weekend. This will produce temps in the upper 90s and topping 100 for the weekend in some valley locations.

At the coast and beaches, there will still be plenty of marine influence but even those locations will see less of it by degree change. Temps will rise but only into the 80s in the coastal valleys and beaches will see 60s and 70s rather than 50s and 60s. Skies will clear a bit faster as well. The interiors will heat up by about 10 degrees now that marine influence is more limited this will go from mid 80s to upper 90s.

That trend will continue into Friday and the weekend. Upper 90s will be the highs Friday, triple digits for Saturday and Sunday.

Next week temps could dip a few degrees but not a lot. Low 90s are expected by the middle of next week.

Have a great day Central Coast!