The coming days could see high temperatures in the North County reach 100 degrees for the first time this year, local forecaster John Lindsey says.
High pressure is building over the Central Coast, and with it will come dry days with increasing temperatures. The high in San Luis Obispo today should be 73 degrees, rising to 78 degrees Thursday. Paso Robles' high today will be 91, with a forecast high on Thursday of 98 degrees, Lindsey said.
"Temperatures will climb to the high 90s Friday and Saturday in the North County," Lindsey said. "A few locations in the North County could reach the century mark for the first time this year.
"Fire danger will steadily increase today through Saturday in the elevated locations of San Luis Obispo County as we enter a warming and drying trend."
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The hot spell will be short-lived, however, as cooling starts Sunday and continues into the middle of next week, with fog surging into coastal valleys and northwest winds picking back up, Lindsey indicated.
While the land heats up, the ocean cools down. The spring winds have caused cold water from the sea floor to rise near the surface. As a result, ocean temperatures are now between 48 and 51 degrees, Lindsey said.