Weather Watch

SLO County weather forecast for the week of July 28

An area of low pressure off the coast is expected to interact with subtropical moisture and marine low clouds resulting in pockets of mist and drizzle as well as a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms along the Central Coast this morning. Otherwise, a pattern of marine low clouds and fog with partial afternoon clearing along the beaches will continue through Wednesday.

However, monsoon moisture from the south may lead to a greater amount of afternoon clearing along the beaches as well as thunderstorms across the southern Sierra Nevada.

Today’s highs will range from the 60s along the beaches to the high 70s in the coastal valleys. The North County is expected to reach the mid-90s.

Strong to gale force (25- to 38-mph) northwesterly winds are expected to develop along the coast Thursday into Saturday, as the ridge of high pressure shifts east and a trough of low pressure develops off the coast. 

These winds will produce mostly sunny skies along the beaches during the late morning and afternoon hours and cooler coastal valleys temperatures. However, near triple-digit temperatures are still expected to continue across the North County. 

Surf report

Today’s 2- to 4-foot northwesterly (310-degree, deep-water) swell (with a 7- to 9-second period) will remain at this height and period through Wednesday.

Strong to gale force (25- to 38-mph) northwesterly winds will generate a 4- to 6-foot northwesterly (320-degree, deep-water) sea and swell Thursday into Saturday.

Arriving from the Southern Hemisphere: A 1-foot (190-degree, deep-water) swell (with a 15- to 17-second period) is expected to develop along the coastline Thursday into Friday.

Seawater temperatures

Seawater temperatures are forecast to range from 59 to 64 degrees through Wednesday, decreasing Thursday through Saturday.

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