Here is this week’s weather forecast by PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey.
A relatively strong ridge of high pressure combined with night and morning Santa Lucia (northeasterly) winds are expected to produce mostly clear skies with cool and crisp mornings and mild afternoons through Friday.
The longer-range models are suggesting that a Pacific low-pressure system will move into the Central Coast during the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. At this time, the winds are expected to shift out of the south on Saturday and peak Sunday at strong to gale-force (25- to 38-mph) levels as the associated cold front passes over San Luis Obispo County. This cold should bring periods of gentle to moderate rain. Unsettled weather will possibly last into the following week as the storm track shifts southward.
Today's surf report
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Increasing northwesterly winds are forecast to generate 4- to 6-foot northwesterly (310-degree, deep-water) sea and swell (with a 5- to 14-second period) this afternoon through tonight. A 3- to 5-foot northwesterly (300-degree, deep-water) swell (with a 7- to 13-second period) will develop along our coastline Tuesday and will remain at this height and period through Wednesday.
A 4- to 6-foot northwesterly (295-degree, deep-water) swell (with a 15- to 17-second period) will arrive along the coast of San Luis Obispo County on Thursday and will remain at this height (but with a 13- to 15-second period) on Friday.
A 5- to 7-foot northwesterly (290-degree, deep-water) swell (with a 16- to 18-second period) is expected along our coastline Saturday, building to 8 to 10 feet (with a 14- to 16-second period) Sunday.
The longer-range charts are indicating the potential of a large west-northwesterly wave event Jan. 23.
Seawater temperatures will range between 58 and 60 degrees through Saturday.
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