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WEEKEND WEATHER WHIPLASH: Temps falling from extreme heat to marine chill

Posted at 6:04 AM, Oct 20, 2023

Good morning Central Coast! We made it to Friday and also to the end of the extreme heat that has been our weather headline for this week!

I know I am excited for more "fall like" conditions so let's dive right in!

Dense fog is creating concern for the morning commute across most of the region.

There is a dense fog advisory in place through 9 am for all of our beaches and coastal valleys. Despite this expiring at 9 am I would be shocked if beaches clear significantly before noon.

Yesterday highs were very much microclimate-influenced, highs in the beach communities where marine influence stuck around much of the day was only in the 50s while Paso Robles made a play for triple digits.

Today will be a transition day between the extreme heat and a very significant cooldown expected over the next few days. Beach temperatures look to be in the 60s and low 70s while coastal valleys return to the 70s to near 80° and interior temperatures still look rather warm with highs around 90°. Despite that set of warm temps it represents nearly a ten degree drop from yesterday!

There's a surf advisory in place until 9 PM Friday for 10 to 15-foot breakers with rip current risk. Thankfully the worst of the wave conditions are behind us but continued risk will extend to this evening.

The big cooldown is all thanks to the large high pressure we have focused on all this week. As it continues to drift east our winds have shifted significantly. The new onshore winds are helping to drop our temps significantly today and even more so through the extended forecast. All weather nonsense aside, it is going to cool down a lot over the next few days!

Have a wonderful weekend Central Coast!