Winds will be strong at times into the weekend

Posted at 3:04 PM, May 14, 2020

A smaller ridge is trying to pump up in the upper atmosphere which supports high pressure and some higher wind speed potential across the area into the weekend.

Like yesterday there is good Sundowner wind potential for the Santa Barbara county mountains later this afternoon into Friday morning, so the wind advisory remains in place for gust potential up to 50mph.

Otherwise the breezy afternoon and early evening winds today will back off a bit tonight before picking up again Friday afternoon from the NW at 15-25mph. This will clear any night and morning marine clouds at beaches and coastal valleys. Temps at the coast will be quite pleasant into the weekend in the 60s and lower 70s at the beaches and mid 70s at the coastal valleys and 80s inland.

Sunday we will see increasing clouds as an upper level trough starts slamming into The West returning onshore flow. Temps will start to decrease.

Showers are possible as early as Sunday PM but more likely at night into Monday morning as a surface low and cold front moves through. Rain amounts should stay under .25" for most. The tougher call is Tuesday. Looks like the upper low and cold air aloft could still provide enough instability for a scattered shower or two. Not putting it in just yet, but something that could easily change in the forecast.

After that some ridging should warm the forecast up for the second half of next week but that transition would start with windy NW flow after the upper low pulls out Tuesday.