SLO swelters in record-breaking heat for second straight day

On both Tuesday and Wednesday, temperatures at the county airport topped out at 96 degrees

acornejo@thetribunenews.comApril 30, 2014 

Patrick Jackson, right, Angel Casillas, Zak Ferguson and Jesse Cruz leap for a football Wednesday afternoon as they and a few other Allan Hancock College friends took a break from their studies at Shell Beach.

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The scorching weather continued Wednesday — breaking a heat record for the second day in a row.

The temperature at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport was 96 degrees at 1 p.m. Wednesday, setting a new record for the day. The record high for April 30 had been 94 degrees, set in 1996.

On Tuesday the mercury at the airport reached 96 degrees as well, breaking the former record high of 95 degrees set on April 29, 1981.

The sunny skies and warm weather drew crowds to the beaches for a second day, including seven Allan Hancock College students who headed to Shell Beach on Wednesday afternoon to toss a football around in the surf.

“Pretty amazing,” said Patrick Jackson of Santa Maria. “It’s been a nice change of weather since the last two weeks.”

How long will the heat wave last?

John Lindsey, PG&E meteorologist, says just another couple of days, until Saturday when onshore winds will pick up.

Thursday’s high in the North County is expected to reach 95 degrees, and coastal valleys and San Luis Obispo will reach 92 degrees.

The winds will allow marine low clouds and fog to develop along the coastline and stream inland during the night and evening hours. Much cooler conditions are expected across San Luis Obispo County next week. Temperatures are expected to remain cool and below normal for early May.

The heat this week came from a strong ridge of high pressure that is building over the West Coast. According to Lindsey, the offshore flow will continue to warm as it descends down the Santa Lucia Mountains into the coastal valleys and beaches of San Luis Obispo County.

Reach AnnMarie Cornejo at 781-7939. Stay updated by following @a_cornejo on Twitter.

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