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A pattern of moderate to fresh, 13 to 24 mph and at times gusty northeasterly Santa Lucia offshore winds developing during the night and morning, shifting out of the northwest and increasing to fresh to strong, 19 to 31 mph levels during the afternoon, will continue through Monday morning.

The offshore winds will produce clear skies and warmer temperatures in the coastal regions. In fact, the coastal valleys may reach the low 80s this weekend.

The Central Coast will enter a tranquil weather pattern Monday afternoon and continuing through Thursday morning.

Over that time frame, gentle to moderate, 8 to 18 mph northwesterly to southerly onshore winds are expected.

That will allow the marine layer, with areas of night and morning dense November fog and mist, to develop in the coastal regions, which in turn will produce cooler afternoon temperatures. Many of the beaches could remain overcast throughout the day.

A weak cold front will produce increasing northwesterly winds, partly cloudy skies, a deeper marine layer and mild temperatures Thursday afternoon into Friday.

Gusty Santa Lucia winds may develop next Saturday and Sunday, which should produce mostly clear skies and warmer temperatures.

The long-range models are still hinting that an unsettled weather pattern will develop by the end of November.

Santa Maria Temperatures

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

49/80 50/76 51/70 49/69 49/70 50/77 48/79

Santa Ynez Temperatures

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

40/84 40/85 41/78 39/73 39/75 40/79 43/80

Lompoc Temperatures

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

47/78 47/77 47/69 44/68 44/70 47/76 45/77

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Seawater Temperatures

Pacific Ocean waters will range from 56 to 61 degrees through Monday, increasing to 57 to 63 degrees on Tuesday through Friday

Surf Report

Increasing northwesterly winds will generate a 3- to 5-foot northwesterly, 310-degree, deep water sea and swell, with a 7- to 15-second period, Sunday through Monday.

A 3- to 4-foot northwesterly, 300-degree, deep water swell, with an 8- to 14-second period, is forecast along our coastline Tuesday into Wednesday.

A 3- to 5-foot northwesterly, 310-degree, deep water sea and swell, with a 5- to 22-second period, is forecast to arrive along our coastline on Thursday, increasing to 8 to 10 feet, with a 7- to 18-second period, on Friday into Saturday.

A 9- to 11-foot west-northwesterly, 285-degree, deep water swell, with an 18- to 20-second period, is forecast to arrive along our coastline Nov. 18 and 20.

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This Week’s PG&E Safety Tip

According to the California Highway Patrol, here are some tips for driving in foggy conditions:

▪ Drive with lights on low beam. High beams will reflect off the fog, creating a “white wall” effect.

▪ Reduce your speed, and watch your speedometer. Fog creates a visual illusion of slow motion when you might actually be speeding.

▪ Avoid crossing traffic lanes.

▪ Travel with the driver’s window partially open. Listen for traffic.

▪ Watch for CHP pace cars to guide you.

▪ If your car is disabled or you can’t continue, pull well onto the shoulder and turn off your lights. Move away from your vehicle. Consider postponing your trip until the fog lifts.

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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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