Here is this week’s weather forecast by PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey.
A strong ridge of high pressure over California will produce moderate to fresh (13- to 24-mph) Santa Lucia (northeasterly) winds during nights and mornings through Thursday. The Santa Lucia winds will be especially gusty near Morro Bay High School, coastal canyons and parts of eastern San Luis Obispo, including Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo High School and French Hospital Medical Center.
This offshore flow will produce near record-warm afternoon temperatures, with the coastal valleys reaching the low 80s this afternoon, continuing through Thursday. These winds will also produce low relative humidity levels and high fire danger. Please visit www.fire.ca.gov for fire-prevention information.
At this time, the winds are forecast to shift out of the northwest and will produce cooler conditions, with areas of marine low clouds along the beaches Friday.
However, another round of Santa Lucia winds will produce dry and warmer weather through the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Dry weather will probably continue through at least Jan. 25, with chances of rain increasing toward the last part of January or early February.
Today’s surf report
This morning’s 9- to 11-foot northwesterly (310-degree, deep-water) swell (with an 8- to 15-second period) will decrease to 7 to
9 feet (with an 11- to 15-second period) this afternoon and tonight. This swell will further lower to 5 to 7 feet (with an 11- to 17-second period) Tuesday into Wednesday.
A 3- to 5-foot (310-degree, deep-water) northwesterly swell (with an 11- to 14-second period) will develop along our coastline Thursday through Friday.
A 967-millibar storm is forecast to move into the Gulf of Alaska on Wednesday. A 7- to 9-foot west-northwesterly (290-degree, deep-water) swell (with a 17- to 19-second period) will arrive along our coastline Saturday, increasing to 9 to 11 feet (with a 15- to 17-second period next Sunday.
Seawater temperatures will range from 54 to 56 degrees through Saturday.
John Lindsey’s Weekly Forecast is special to The Tribune. His Weather Watch column appears Sundays. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.