Central Coast Weather Report: Low Pressure System Could Bring Rain During Holidays | Local news


Cool to strong (19 to 31 mph), Santa Lucia (northeast) winds will produce clear skies with cool morning lows on Saturday as high pressure builds up across the state. However, areas of dense fog can develop in the interior valleys and in the San Joaquin Valley, where it could persist throughout the day. “Ice” conditions on an icy road could develop on Saturday morning.

Minimum temperatures on Saturday will range from the low to the mid-1930s, with highs in the mid-1950s to the low 60s.

Gentle southerly winds, low sea clouds in coastal areas, and variable cloud at high altitudes will produce warmer nighttime temperatures Sunday through Monday.

A low will fall southward west of the California coast and bring cool to strong southerly winds (19 to 31 mph) and increasing clouds on Tuesday, with rain showers developing from Wednesday to Thursday.

This low pressure system will remain almost stationary west of the California coast for much of the week before moving towards the Central Coast on Christmas Eve through Christmas Day with rain and mountain snow.

Temperatures of Santa Maria

Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

36/62 39/59 40/59 43/61 48/59 48/58 45/58 46/57

When the weather is nice in Santa Ynez

Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

30/64 32/62 34/61 37/62 41/60 44/59 44/52 45/51

Lompoc Temperatures

Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

37/63 40/59 42/60 45/62 48/60 48/61 46/58 47/57

Sea water temperatures

Sea water temperatures will hover between 55 and 57 degrees until next week.

Surf report

Saturday’s 4 to 6 foot northwest (290 degrees, deep water) swell (with a period of 8 to 15 seconds) will drop to 3 to 5 feet from Sunday to Monday.

The increased southerly winds will generate a sea and swell of 6 to 8 feet southerly (190 degrees, deep water) (with a period of 5 to 12 seconds) from Tuesday to Wednesday, increasing to 7 to 9 feet (with a period of 5 to 11 seconds) from Thursday to Friday.

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


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