Central Coast Weather Report: Heat wave gives way to cold front | Local News

After days of near-record high temperatures, a significant shift in the weather pattern will develop this weekend and here’s why.

High pressure over central California will decrease and winds will shift from the northwest (onshore), bringing a much cooler air mass to the central coast.

Today’s high temperatures will be in the mid-70s to mid-80s in the coastal and interior valleys. Beaches will reach the mid-60s when strong to high (25 to 38 mph) northwesterly (onshore) winds develop on Saturday afternoon, bringing cooler temperatures to the coastline.

A cold front will slowly move south across northern and central California from Sunday into Tuesday. This system will produce partly cloudy and foggy skies and an extended period of moderate gale to cool gale force winds (32 to 46 mph) from Sunday afternoon through Wednesday, bringing cooler temperatures to central California.

High temperatures on Monday and Tuesday will only reach the 50s in coastal areas. As the cold front moves across the central coast from Monday evening into Tuesday morning, rising clouds and a chance of scattered rain showers will develop making it feel even cooler.

Away from the ocean, temperatures will begin to warm towards the end of next week as high pressure gradually rebuilds over California. Along the beaches and coastal valleys, look for the sea table to re-develop with the night and morning fogs and mists.

Temperatures in Santa Maria

Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

52/77 50/72 45/59 42/57 42/67 44/68 47/70 49/71

Temperatures in Santa Ynez

Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

49/85 44/78 42/68 36/65 35/71 38/73 40/76 41/78

Temperatures in Lompoc

Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

47/70 46/68 43/58 41/58 38/64 42/65 46/67 50/70

Sea water temperatures

Sea water temperatures will range between 51 and 53 degrees through Saturday, decreasing to 49 and 52 degrees from Sunday through Wednesday.

surf report

Gale force northwesterlies along the northern and central California coast will produce high seas and northwesterly swells from Saturday through Wednesday.

Northwesterly seas and swell will rise to 9-11 feet on Saturday, increasing further to 10-12 feet (with a period of 5-12 seconds) on Sunday.

This sea and northwesterly swell (310 degrees, deep water) will decrease to 8 to 10 feet (with a period of 7 to 11 seconds) on Monday, dropping to 9 to 11 feet (with a period of 5 to 9 seconds) ). period) on Tuesday.

This sea and northwesterly swell (305 degrees, in deep water) will decrease to 6-8 feet (with a period of 6-8 seconds) on Wednesday, then to 3-5 feet (with a period of 7-11- second period) on Thursday and Friday.

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

Dale D. Schrum