Central Coast Weather Report: Warming Trend Develops Wednesday | Local News

Mild to moderate (8 to 18 mph) southwest to northwest winds will bring cooler temperatures and a deeper, persistent sea layer with pockets of fog and drizzle to coastal areas Saturday through Sunday morning as as a weak low pressure system moves through central California. .

In the wake of this early low pressure system, strong to high northwesterly winds (25 to 38 mph) are forecast along the coast from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning. These northwest winds will increase to moderate gale force to fresh gale force (32 to 46 mph with gusts to 50 mph) Monday afternoon through Tuesday.

A warming trend will develop Wednesday through Friday as high pressure builds over the central coast and produces gusty Santa Lucia (northeast) winds, clear skies and much warmer temperatures, up to 15 and 20 degrees above normal. In fact, Santa Ynez could hit the low 90s on Thursday and Friday. These high temperatures could challenge daily records.

Note: At this time of year, when the winds shift from the northeast (Santa Lucia/offshore) and blow from the land to the ocean, they carry pollens from grasses and trees into the interior valleys and mountains to the sea. . At times like these, communities across the Central Coast will experience higher pollen counts.

The probability of an “April miracle” is low. The Canadian (GEM), European (EMCWF) and American (GFS) longer range models all indicate dry conditions continuing through April 11th.

Temperatures in Santa Maria

Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

45/65 45/65 44/68 52/71 53/80 53/81 54/83 54/72

Temperatures in Santa Ynez

Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

43/72 43/74 40/75 45/79 47/84 49/91 49/89 50/87

Temperatures in Lompoc

Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

47/66 46/64 46/66 49/70 50/76 49/77 50/76 52/68

Sea water temperatures

Sea water temperatures will range between 51 and 54 degrees through Sunday, decreasing to 49 and 52 degrees Monday through Wednesday.

surf report

A 5 to 7 foot northwest swell (290 degrees, in deep water) (with a period of 8 to 15 seconds) is forecast along our coast Saturday through Sunday morning.

Increasing northwesterly winds off the northern and central coast of California will generate sea and swell 8 to 10 feet from the northwest (310 degrees, in deep water) (with a period of 5 to 14 seconds) Sunday afternoon and will remain at this level until Tuesday.

A 7 to 9 foot northwesterly swell (295 degrees, in deep water) (with a period of 8 to 13 seconds) will develop on Wednesday, diminishing to 4 to 6 feet with the same period next 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