Here is this week’s weather forecast by PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey.
Moderate to fresh (13- to 24-mph) and at times very gusty Santa Lucia (northeasterly) winds are expected to develop this morning in the coastal valleys and along the beaches throughout San Luis Obispo County.
A weak cold front will move over the Central Coast today and will produce variable mid- to high-level clouds and areas of dense morning fog in the North County and widespread tule fog in the San Joaquin Valley.
High pressure will then build behind this cold front to produce a pattern of moderate to fresh
(13- to 24-mph) Santa Lucia (northeasterly) winds during the night and morning hours, shifting out of the northwest during the afternoon hours. This pattern will give mostly clear skies with cool mornings and mild afternoons. A few of the models suggest near-record daytime temperatures could develop by Friday into Sunday, as the Santa Lucia winds will be especially gusty.
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At this time, it’s looking dry for the first half of next week. A few of the ensemble packages are indicating the chance of rain by the last few days of January.
An 8- to 10-foot northwesterly (295-degree, deep-water) sea and swell (with a 7- to 16-second period) is expected to develop along the county’s coastline today and will remain at this height and period through Tuesday.
A 4- to 6-feet northwesterly (300-degree, deep-water) swell (with an 8- to 14-second period) is forecast to arrive Wednesday, decreasing to 3 to 5 feet with the same period Thursday.
A pair of 966-millibar storms with winds nearing hurricane force will develop near the international dateline today. A west-northwesterly (285-degree, deep-water) swell from these storms is expected to arrive Thursday night at 3 to 5 feet (with a 22- to 25-second period), building to 9 to 11 feet (with a 19- to 21-second period) Friday. This swell will remain at a 9- to 11-foot level, but with a gradually shorter period through Saturday. This swell will decrease to 7 to 9 feet (with a 14- to 16-second period) by Sunday.
Seawater temperatures will range between 58 and 60 degrees through Saturday.
PG&E safety tip
If your vehicle comes in contact with a downed power line, stay inside! The safest place is in your car. The ground around your car may be energized. Warn others to stay away; anyone who touches the equipment or ground around the vehicle may be injured. Call 911.