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Temps surge into the 80s ahead of a fantastic weekend

Poppies overlooking Morro Rock
Posted at 6:06 AM, Apr 21, 2023

Good morning Central Coast and happy Wednesday!

We have more clear conditions and mild morning temps to kick off the day. Lows only dipped into the 60s in some coastal communities overnight. That is 5-10 degrees above temps in the early morning Thursday. We will keep a hold of some of that warming into the daytime hours.

Highs may reach into the 80s today in interior valleys and 70s across most of the rest of the region.

The warmer conditions we will see today are thanks to a strong ridge of high pressure sitting just off to our west. This is going to be the central pillar of our forecast as it will control nearly every aspect of what we will experience.

Broad clockwise winds around the center of low pressure will make for persistent offshore winds today. Localized gusts will be from the NE 15-25mph. Mot advisory level but noticeable.

Winds shift back onshore in the afternoon as the landmass warms creating localized and temporary low pressure which fires up the seabreeze. When the landmass cools after sunset the offshore resumes. This will be the case for Friday and part of Saturday.

Today looks to be the warmest day for beaches and near coastal valleys, but inland temps will likely still climb Saturday. The region looks to cool exiting the weekend as the ridge of high pressure moves on. In fact, as early as Saturday some marine influence should start to return to the coast, but it looks more significant Sunday into early next week as onshore winds become more predominant.

Inland temperatures look to drop after Saturday back to the upper 70s and low 80s and hover near that much of next week. Today will likely be the warmest day of the year (so far) but late next week those temps will challenge even today's highs.

Have a great day Central Coast!