Forecasters warn of high winds along the Central Coast

The National Weather Service has issued a gale warning and wind advisory for the Central Coast, set to expire Monday night and Tuesday afternoon, respectively.

The wind advisory, which is set to end at 10 p.m. Monday, covers the coast of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.A wind advisory means that winds of 35 mph or greater are expected, which makes driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.

Winds are expected to increase to 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph Monday afternoon before slowing down late in the evening.

Forecasters warn that the gusty winds will affect travel along Highways 1 and 101.

The gale warning, which is set to expire at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, covers the waters between Point Piedras Blancas north of San Simeon to Point Arguello in northern Santa Barbara County.

A gale warning means that winds of 34 to 47 knots are imminent or occurring, making boating more dangerous.

Forecasters expect winds between 15 to 25 knots, with frequent gusts to 25 knots starting Sunday night, increasing to 20 to 30 knots Monday with frequent gusts to 40 knots. Gusts to 35 knots are expected Tuesday morning.