Weather forecasters are warning of unusually strong winds starting today and lasting through Friday.
A cold front, coupled with an area of high pressure over the Pacific, will produce winds as powerful as 60 mph. The National Weather Service is warning of unsafe marine conditions and an elevated fire danger.
“Batten down the hatches!” PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey said. “One of the strongest northwesterly wind events that I’ve seen is expected to develop along the coastline (today) through Friday.”
The Central Coast has already been experiencing gusty winds. These will pick up today with gusts topping 50 mph. Windy conditions will peak Thursday with gusts up to 60 mph, Lindsey said.
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The northwesterly wind will also bring lower temperatures. Inland highs are expected to reach the 80s, while coastal temperatures will stay in the high 60s and low 70s.
Temperatures will return to normal over the Memorial Day weekend. Inland highs should reach the 90s, with coastal temperatures staying in the upper 70s.
In addition to unsafe boating conditions on the ocean, strong winds can create unsafe driving conditions, particularly for larger vehicles such as vans and recreational vehicles.