Hot weather breaks records across SLO County

Weather stations across San Luis Obispo County recorded record high temperatures on Wednesday.

Many of the locations exceeded 100 degrees, said John Lindsey, PG&E meteorologist. The record highs ranged from Cambria to the north and as far south as Port San Luis and inland to Paso Robles. Cal Poly recorded a temperature of 99 degrees. Paso Robles recorded a record high of 100, topping the previous high of 99 in 1972.

“The old record for San Luis Obispo on this date was 96 degrees set back in 1979 at Cal Poly,” Lindsey said in an e-mail. “The all-time record for the month of May was 102 degrees in 2000 at Cal Poly.”

The high temperatures were due to an area of high pressure in the upper atmosphere coupled with gentle to moderate Santa Lucia winds blowing from the northeast.

Temperatures could post more records again Thursday before cooling on Friday as the high pressure area weakens. The weather pattern continues to change leading into the weekend as the forecast turns blustery with highs in the 70s in San Luis Obispo and in the 80s and low 90s in the North County.

“The winds will really be blowing,” Lindsey said.