Here is this week’s weather forecast by PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey.
An area of high pressure will move into Nevada, creating night and morning Santa Lucia (offshore) winds, clear skies and seasonal temperatures into Tuesday morning.
A dry cold front will approach the Central Coast on Tuesday afternoon, with gentle southerly winds, increasing marine low clouds Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. The cold front is scheduled to pass San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara counties later Wednesday morning, creating a steep pressure gradient along the coastline.
This gradient will produce strong to gale-force (25 to 38 mph) northwesterly (onshore) winds, areas of marine low clouds during the overnight hours and cooler conditions Wednesday into Saturday. Frost may develop in the North County by Friday, with morning low temperatures possibly dropping below the freezing level in the North County by Saturday.
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The long-range models are advertising a chance of light rain Oct. 20. Note: These long-range models often change.
Sunday’s 8- to 10-foot northwesterly (305-degree, deep-water) sea and swell (with a 7- to 12-second period) will remain at this height into Monday morning, decreasing to 6 to 8 feet by Monday night. This northwesterly sea and swell will further lower to 4 to 6 feet (with an 11- to 13-second period) Tuesday.
Strong to gale-force (25 to 38 mph) northwesterly winds will generate an 8- to 10-foot northwesterly (310-degree, deep-water) sea and swell (with a 7- to 11-second period) Wednesday into Thursday, decreasing to 7 to 9 feet with the same period Friday into Saturday.
Seawater temperatures will range between 55 and 58 degrees through Wednesday, decreasing Thursday into Friday.
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John Lindsey’s Weekly Forecast is special to The Tribune. He is PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant marine meteorologist and media relations representative. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @PGE_John.
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