Cloud, Sky, Sunset

The ground fog will return Saturday night into Sunday morning across the inland valleys with temperatures in the 40s to low 50s, and then mostly clear and slightly warmer weather is anticipated for Sunday afternoon with high temperatures in the low 70s. Mid to high-level clouds will increase on Monday as a low pressure system moves into Northern California. However, rain is expected to remain north of Big Sur. Clear and mild weather is anticipated Tuesday into Wednesday. The dry weather should be short lived, however, as another, but stronger low-pressure system should produce rain on Thursday.

The heaviest rain will be across higher elevations of the coastal mountains and the Sierra Nevada, with generally light rain totals across low elevations. Snow levels could be lower with this system, ranging from around 4,000 feet north to 5,500 feet south by Thursday morning. Dry weather returns Friday. A potentially wet atmospheric river type weather system could move through the Central Coast next weekend although details are unclear as this is still a week away. 

Santa Maria Temperatures

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

50/70 50/71 51/70 49/72 49/70 48/70 47/72

Lompoc Temperatures

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

50/71 50/72 51/71 50/73 49/69 48/71 47/73

Santa Ynez Temperatures

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

40/69 41/72 46/70 40/64 47/65 40/68 39/72

Surf Report

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Sunday's 4- to 6-foot northwesterly (290-degree, deep-water) sea and swell, with a 5- to 13-second period, will become a 2- to 3-foot west-northwesterly (285-degree, deep-water) swell, with an 8- to 11-second period, along our coastline on Monday.

Increasing northwesterly winds will generate a 4- to 6-foot northwesterly (310-degree, deep-water) sea and swell, with a 5- to 11-second period, Tuesday. Increasing southerly seas are forecast on later on Wednesday into Thursday morning, followed by a 7- to 9-foot (300-degree, deep-water) sea and swell, with a 5- to 12-second period, Thursday and Friday. Arriving from the Southern Hemisphere: Today's 3- to 4-foot Southern Hemisphere (195-degree, deep-water) swell, with a 14- to 16-second period, will remain at this height into Tuesday.

Seawater temps

Seawater temperatures will range between 56 and 59 degrees through Thursday.

This Week’s PG&E Safety Tip

At PG&E, the safety of our customers and employees is our top priority. If it rains, be especially careful; rain could releases oil and grease that has accumulated on our roadways, creating slippery conditions. Please, slow down and give yourself extra time to reach your destination. Driving too fast is the No. 1 cause of accidents on wet days.

John Lindsey is Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant marine meteorologist and a media relations representative. Email him at pgeweather@pge.com or follow him on Twitter @PGE_John.

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