Warm daytime highs and gusty wind conditions expected Wednesday

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Posted at 4:52 AM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 09:55:15-04

High pressure is building over the west coast which will result in significant warming for the Central Coast Wednesday.

By 10:00 a.m., temperatures across the coastal valleys and beaches will mainly be from the upper 60s to the mid-70s, while the inland valley communities will stay closer to the upper 50s. However, by the afternoon, daytime highs will spike. Temperatures for the coastal and inland valleys will range from the mid-70s to the mid-80s. The beaches will also be warming up, but temperatures will stay closer to the low to mid-70s.

Ahead of the afternoon, the inland valley communities will have patchy morning fog before it mixes out by late morning.

Aside from the heat, a major factor in Wednesday's forecast will be the wind. A high wind warning will remain in place for Santa Barbara County for the south coast and mountains and foothills through 3:00 p.m. Thursday. Northerly winds will range from 25-40 miles per hour with the potential for wind gusts to reach 70 mph at their peak.
This could impact local highways, including Highway 101, Highway 154, San Marcos Pass and Gaviota Pass.

The gusty and warm conditions will continue through the end of the end of the week.