A low-pressure system combined with a cold front will bring rain this week to the Central Coast.

Santa Maria and Lompoc will remain partly cloudy Wednesday, with highs from the lower to mid-60s at the coast to the lower to mid-70s inland, according to Stuart Seto, National Weather Service meteorologist.

On Wednesday evening, both areas will see increasing clouds, with a 20-percent chance of rain after midnight, and overnight lows in the mid-50s. There is also a 20-percent chance of precipitation in Santa Ynez. 

Cloudy conditions will continue into Thursday, with highs in the upper 50s and 60s. Winds are expected up to 15 mph. 

The chance of rain increases to 60 percent in Santa Maria and Lompoc and 70 percent in Santa Ynez by Thursday night, Seto said. Total rainfall will be about a quarter of an inch, and overnight temperatures will be around 50.

Friday will remain mostly cloudy, with a 20-percent chance of rain in the morning, then partly cloudy in the afternoon, with highs in the 60s. 

Partly cloudy skies, with highs in the 60s to around 70, are predicted for Saturday, with overnight lows in the mid-40s to 50 degrees.

Cloudy conditions are expected to continue Sunday, with highs in the 60s to around 70. By Sunday evening, there is another 20-percent chance of rain after midnight, with lows expected to be in the upper 40s to the mid-50s.

There is a 30-percent chance of rain Monday morning and afternoon, Seto said. Daytime highs will be in the mid-60s to around 70.

Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210

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