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Sunny New Year's Eve with mild weather ahead in 2020

Posted at 4:58 AM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 08:52:25-05

The Central Coast is forecast to round out 2019 with beautiful weather and mild conditions are ahead in the New Year.

Expect sunny skies Tuesday with breezy offshore winds due to high pressure building over California. Inland valleys will reach the high-50s on New Year's Eve while the beaches and coastal valleys will see mid-60s.

For those heading to Southern California to celebrate the New Year, beware of extremely gusty winds. Santa Ana winds are forecast in Ventura and LA Counties at 20-30 mph with gusts 50-65 mph through Tuesday afternoon. Winds will begin to settle as New Year's Eve celebrations get underway this evening.

On the Central Coast, we will have strong offshore flow (20-30mph) during the morning and evening hours. Winds will shift out of the northwest in the afternoon bringing us some onshore cooling.

Some fog is possible in valley locations but will not be widespread.

A high surf advisory has been issued for the Central Coast through Friday night. Waves will break at 10-14 ft. and build to 15-18 ft with strong risk of rip currents. Local sets up to 20 ft. are possible. Swells are forecast at 15-25 seconds and the biggest surf is expected on west and northwest facing beaches.

For those ringing in 2020 on Tuesday night into Wednesday, temperatures will be chilly. Inland valleys will dip into the low-40s or high-30s as the clock strikes midnight. Coastal valleys will be in the mid-40s as we start the New Year.

Mild weather continues into New Year's Day. A few high clouds will move in but otherwise skies will be mostly clear. Offshore flow continues and daytime highs will remain in the mid-60s for most areas. There is no significant chance of rain into next week.