Triple-digit heat continues for parts of the inland valleys

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Posted at 4:54 AM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 09:37:50-04

Triple-digit heat is back for the inland valleys Wednesday, but relief from the heat can be found at the coast.

For some of the deep interior valleys, like San Miguel, California Valley, and Shandon, daytime highs are expected to reach the low 100s. This is a trend that will continue through the end of the week as a ridge of high pressure aloft will continue to expand from the desert southwest. The coastal valleys will mainly be right around the mid to upper 70s Wednesday with daytime highs getting closer to the 80s by Thursday. As mentioned above, the cooler temperatures will be along the coast. Marine layer influence should actually keep the beaches fairly cool this week, with daytime highs staying sandwiched between the mid to upper 60s.

The Central Coast will have breezy conditions Wednesday. Across the coastal valleys, northwesterly winds could reach 20 miles per hour while inland valley communities will experience gusty conditions up to 25 mph from the late afternoon through about 8 p.m. Wind speeds could potentially reach 33 mph along the Gaviota coastline from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m Thursday.

The marine layer is still very much a part of the forecast Wednesday, especially for the beaches. The foggy conditions are sweeping over the coastal valleys and parts of the inland valley communities Wednesday morning. Weather models show most of the fog will mix out of the valleys through the morning commute, but gradual clearing is expected along the coast.