Your Weekly Weather Report

Your Weekly Weather Report

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High pressure building over California into Sunday will produce moderate to fresh, 13 to 24 mph northeasterly Santa Lucia winds and mostly clear to partly cloudy skies, with cold mornings and mild afternoons.

However, coastal mountain ridges will see stratus clouds and dense ground fog developing in the wind-scattered valleys during the overnight and morning hours.

Gentle to moderate, 8 to 18 mph southerly winds, partly to mostly cloudy skies and areas of marine low clouds with drizzle and light rain showers are forecast for Monday into Tuesday as a cold front moves into Northern California and produces heavy rain as far south as Monterey Bay.

Fresh to strong, 19 to 31 mph northwesterly winds and partly cloudy skies are forecast Wednesday into Thursday. and unsettled weather is predicted to develop Jan. 25 through 27, although current longer-range forecast models are in poor agreement and details are very unclear.

Santa Maria Temperatures

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

39/69 45/67 47/62 44/63 43/65 43/65 44/66

Santa Ynez Temperatures

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

36/63 41/65 42/60 41/60 37/62 39/63 40/65

Lompoc Temperatures

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

37/67 43/66 44/61 42/62 41/63 41/64 42/66

Seawater Temperatures will range from 53 to 55 degrees through Friday. 

Surf Report

A 5- to 7-foot northwesterly 300-degree, deep-water swell, with an 8- to 17-second period, is forecast along our coastline Sunday into Monday.

A 9- to 11-foot northwesterly 295-degree, deep-water swell, with a 14- to 16-second period, will arrive along our coastline Tuesday, building to 10 to 12 feet, with a 13- to 15-second period, on Wednesday.

A higher-energy west-northwesterly swell is forecast to arrive Jan. 27.

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This Week’s PG&E Safety Tip

Dense fog may develop during the night and morning in many Central Coast locations this week.

Here are some tips from the California Highway Patrol 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 be speeding.

▪ Avoid crossing traffic lanes.

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

▪ Watch for CHP pace cars to guide you.

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

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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