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Your Weekly Weather Report

Your Weekly Weather Report

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This John Lindsey photo shows high waves and clear skies as Santa Lucia winds blow along the Pecho Coast near Avila Beach.

Last week saw rain, this week it will be dry with crisp autumn nights and mornings with mild afternoons.

Moderate to fresh (13 to 24 mph) Santa Lucia (northeasterly) winds will keep the marine low clouds out to sea. The clear skies will produce cold mornings and mild afternoons on Sunday with low temperatures reaching the low 40s in the inland valleys (Santa Ynez) and in the coastal Valleys (Santa Maria and Lompoc), while high temperatures will range between mid-60 and mid- 70s throughout the Central Coast.

An upper-level trough of low-pressure will move through the Central Coast Sunday night into Monday. This system will produce fresh to strong (19 to 31 mph) northwesterly winds and partly cloudy skies with areas of marine low clouds along the coastline, but no rain.

The Santa Lucia winds will return on Tuesday with clear skies as high pressure quickly rebuilds over Central California.

A dry cold front will produce strong to gale-force northwesterly winds, variable low to mid-level clouds, increasing sea and swell and cooler temperatures on Wednesday.

Gusty Santa Lucia (northeasterly) winds will return on Thanksgiving Day through Saturday. These winds will produce mostly clear conditions with cold mornings in the inland valleys and mild afternoons throughout San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties as high pressure builds back in the wake of the departing low-pressure system.

Initialized with multiple atmospheric and oceanic variables, the ensemble packages that typically produce a broad range of possible weather outcomes indicate dry conditions through the end of November. However, they suggest a chance of rain by the 1st week of December.

Santa Maria Temperatures

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

43/64 41/67 41/67 39/65 38/67 37/66 36/65

Santa Ynez Temperatures

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

39/71 38/70 40/68 38/67 38/70 35/69 34/67

Lompoc Temperatures

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

41/63 41/65 42/64 40/65 39/66 36/67 35/66

Seawater Temperatures

Seawater temperatures will range between 52 and 55 degrees through Saturday.

Surf Report

A 6- to 8-foot northwesterly (305-degree, deep-water) sea and swell (with a 5- to 17-second period) is forecast to arrive along our coastline on Sunday afternoon through Monday morning, increasing to 8 to 10 feet (with 5- to 15-second period) on Monday afternoon and night.

A 6- to 8-foot northwesterly (300-degree, deep-water) swell (with an 8- to 14-second period) is forecast along our coastline on Tuesday into Wednesday morning.

An 11- to 13-foot northwesterly (310-degree, deep-water) sea  and swell (with a 7- to 17-second period) is forecast along on Wednesday afternoon through Thursday, decreasing to 6 to 8 feet (with an 8- to 14-second period) on Friday.

This Week’s PG&E Safety Tip

Assume downed power lines are energized and dangerous. Stay away from the lines and keep others away from them. Call 9-1-1 immediately to report the location of a downed line. After reporting the downed line, call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.

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


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