Central Coast Weather Bulletin: Wind Aloft, Storms Expected to Move Off Central Coast | Local news

Moderate to cool (13-24 mph) and sometimes gusty winds from Santa Lucia (northeast) on New Years Day will produce clear skies with warmer daytime temperatures but cold lows overnight and in the morning. Away from coastal regions, areas of dense fog, especially in the San Joaquin Valley, will continue to develop overnight and in the morning.

High temperatures on New Years Day will vary between 50 and 60 degrees throughout the central coast.

Gentle southerly winds on Sunday and Monday will allow areas of low marine cloud with pockets of fog and haze to develop in coastal areas. Consequently, the troughs of the night will be warmer.

A weather system will approach northern California on Monday and slowly spread clouds and rain showers south to Big Sur by Tuesday morning, then further south into the southern Sierra Nevada through Tuesday, with a possibility of light rain showers over the central coast by Tuesday evening.

Unfortunately, the eastern Pacific high is expected to leave the central coast of California next week. This will force the high altitude winds and storms they bring to northern California, Oregon and Washington for much of the first half of January.

Temperatures of Santa Maria

Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

36/60 39/62 39/60 45/60 48/62 46/66 46/65 43/61

When the weather is nice in Santa Ynez

Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

30/53 32/58 36/56 40/58 44/59 44/60 45/62 43/60

Lompoc Temperatures

Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

37/59 40/59 41/58 42/59 48/60 46/62 44/64 44/60

Sea water temperatures

Sea water temperatures will vary between 55 and 57 degrees until Monday.

Surf report

A 5 to 7 foot northwest swell (295 degrees, deep water) (with a period of 8 to 16 seconds) is expected along our coast on Saturday, diminishing to 2 to 4 feet (with a wave of 11 to 15-second period) from Sunday to Monday.

A 6 to 8 foot northwest swell (290 degrees, deep water) (with a period of 8 to 14 seconds) is expected along our coast on Tuesday and Wednesday.

John Lindsey is the marine meteorologist for Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant and a media relations representative. Email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @PGE_John.


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Dale D. Schrum