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Summer is back! Temps to climb this week ahead of a big cooldown

Posted at 5:44 AM, Oct 17, 2023

Good morning, Central Coast!

To kick off our Tuesday morning there are a few communities dealing with dense fog. Thankfully less so than in previous days but still western Santa Barbara county as well as some western beach communities. The good news is it will clear out very quickly.

This is a huge improvement is visibility compared to the dense fog that lingered by our beaches for much of Monday. This huge change is all thanks to the ridge of high pressure that is building into the region and will be the driving factor in our forecast this week. There is more on the pattern below but the main thing to know is that it is going to get HOT over the next few days.

Winds have already turned offshore this morning and will push temps up quickly. 80s and low 90s are expected in the interiors and coastal valleys. 70s are expected for most beach communities. San Luis Obispo is once again in the perfect spot for some compressional heating. This will likely make it the warmest community on the Central Coast today.

Wednesday temps will heat up b a few degrees at the coastal valleys but more meaningful warming is expected for the interior valleys. Mid 90s are expected Wednesday and Thursday. Coastal valleys will be in the 80s, beaches at the 70s.

This run of above-average temperatures is due to a developing ridge of high pressure, which quickly sets up today in the wake of a strong cold front that passed through the region Monday. Some offshore winds will be gusty. There isn't a wind advisory in place right now but they are still notable. The ridge stays strongly in place through Thursday and gives away to a trough for the upcoming weekend.

That trough will drop temps significantly, Friday and Saturday interiors will be in the 80s once again but by Sunday the warmest temps region wide will be in the 70s.

The cooler pattern will continue into next week with much cooler than normal temps expected. There is a slight wrinkle in the forecast that could bring rain to the region midway through next week. At this point it is a small chance but it is being picked up in the 8-14 day extended forecast from the Climate Prediction Center.

Have a wonderful Tuesday Central Coast!