As John and Martha Rowe of Cupertino sat on a wooden bench under a blazing October sun at the Pismo Beach Pier on Wednesday, they laughed that they packed flannel jackets on their trip to the coast.
“We thought it would be chilly,” Martha Rowe said. “But I’m actually enjoying the sun.”
The offshore winds that have been causing the heat wave will start to diminish Friday, and high temperatures will drop as well. Local forecaster John Lindsey said Wednesday’s weather was warm but not record breaking.
The Rowes, while getting away from the hustle of city life, took pleasure in people watching and taking in the day. They likened the breeze to the warm gusts of California’s fire season.
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The hot sandy beach sprawled beneath them was filled with dozens of bikini-clad beachgoers, kids and sunbathers. Families took refuge under the shade of the pier. Surfers and boogie boarders dotted the waters, their heads popping up from the blanket of frothy white surf after the towering waves crashed. They quickly paddled back out for another go.
Another day of hot temperatures is expected across San Luis Obispo County before cooling starts Friday.
Today’s highs will range from 96 degrees in San Luis Obispo to 95 in Paso Robles and 86 in Pismo Beach, the National Weather Service said.
Overnight lows will be in the mid- to high 50s.
Projected temperatures can vary slightly even for the same communities because of microclimates and differences in forecasting models.
As the county cools down Friday, San Luis Obispo will be 85 degrees, the weather service said, while Pismo Beach will cool to 74. Paso Robles will remain in the 90s.
Partly cloudy conditions are forecast for this weekend as the remnants of a tropical storm come north from Mexico. Highs in Paso Robles will be in the 80s, while San Luis Obispo will be in the high 70s and Pismo Beach will be foggy and in the 60s.
Wednesday’s beach trip was good timing for Yoana Lopez of Santa Maria, who brought her two small children to splash and play after school on a whim to escape the heat.
“They usually like to build sandcastles, but we don’t have any of that today,” she said. “We just realized it’s too hot and had to go.”
Her 4-year-old daughter happily giggled as the cold water touched her little toes while the salty wind rustled the soft hair of her 1-year-old sister in Lopez’s arms.
“We’ve been waiting for a day like this.”
While the area wasn’t as packed as in summer, business was up about 30 percent over a typical Wednesday at Hoagies Sandwiches & Grill in downtown Pismo Beach, co-owner Kasey Joseph said from behind the busy hum of the cash register.
One group from Bakersfield told her they were surprised it was hotter by the beach than at their inland home, she said.