Batten down the hatches this Memorial Day weekend. After an extended period of gentle winds, a calm ocean and mostly overcast skies, a change in the weather pattern is underway.

Strong to gale-force (25 to 38 mph) northwesterly winds are forecast to start Saturday afternoon, increasing to moderate gale-force to fresh gale-force (32 to 46 with gusts to 55 mph) levels on Sunday into Monday along the coastline. These winds will produce clearing skies in the coastal regions over the Memorial Day weekend.

High temperatures on the Memorial Day weekend will range between the high 70s in the inland valleys (Santa Ynez) and high 60s to low 70s in the coastal valleys (Santa Maria and Lompoc). The beaches will range between the mid- to high 50s; however, the southerly facing beaches (Cayucos, Avila Beach and Shell Beach) will reach the low 70s on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

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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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