Rain expected to descend on the county next week

The Central Coast could experience its first showers of autumn next week as a storm system makes its way down the West Coast from Alaska.

Local weather expert John Lindsey and the National Weather Service agree that showers could begin Tuesday and continue Wednesday before the storm leaves the region. Dry weather is expected to return at the end of next week.

“We are still on track for cool and wet weather next week, with rain first arriving in Northern California late Sunday before spreading rain as far south as Monterey Bay on Monday,” said Lindsey, who has more than 20 years of forecasting experience on the Central Coast. “This system is expected to produce heavy drizzle and perhaps a few light rain showers on Tuesday morning over the Central Coast.”

The stronger rains come on Wednesday, with Lindsey saying a quarter of an inch of rain is possible. The weather service thinks up to a half-inch is possible.

“This will be the first significant and widespread rainfall since last spring,” the weather service said in its forecast.Lindsey, who is a community relations specialist for PG&E, said San Luis Obispo averages 0.90 inches of rain for the month of October.

A slight chance of thunderstorms is in this weekend’s forecast, but only for the eastern edge of the county, as remnants of a hurricane from Mexico wash out over the area, Lindsey said.

The weekend will start cloudy in San Luis Obispo, and the high temperature will reach the low 70s both today and Sunday, the weather service said. It will be sunny in the North County, with highs in the 80s. The coast will be foggy with highs in the upper 60s.