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Wave heights diminish, gusty offshore flow develops

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Posted at 6:28 AM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 09:28:16-05

The High Surf Warning for west-facing beaches on the Central Coast will expire at 9 a.m. Wednesday. We will notice wave heights diminish below 20 ft by the afternoon.

However, there is still plenty of wave energy rippling down from the North Pacific so anticipate a High Surf Advisory to be issued for the remainder of the week. Central Coast beaches will likely see swells of 10-15 ft.

Decreasing swell for the Santa Barbara County South Coast too, but the High Surf Advisory stays in place through Saturday evening for 4-7 ft swells.

Ridging will support warm and dry conditions through the weekend. Inland and beach locations will see low to mid 60s and plenty of sunshine. Coastal valleys and the Santa Ynez Valley will have highs in the upper 60s to low 70s and mostly sunny skies.

Offshore flow strengthens this afternoon with winds 10-15 mph and gusts 20-25 mph. The gusty winds will keep skies mostly clear and temperatures above average.

A dry and uneventful weather pattern continues to be the story in the long-term forecast. The jetstream is tracking too far north, propped up by stubborn ridging. The passing cold fronts may send a few cloud bands here at best. The area is already in a significant rainfall deficit and there's low confidence that the needle will move the other direction anytime soon.