As the week progresses, the area of high pressure responsible for the gale-force Santa Lucia winds will move over California. That condition will decrease the Santa Lucia winds but will increase air temperatures.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday will see maximum temperatures reach the low to mid-70s in the Santa Ynez Valley.

A very strong upper-level ridge of high pressure is forecast to remain nearly stationary over the entire West Coast of the United States. That will continue to force Pacific storms northward away from California through mid-December.

In other words, there are no clear signs of any rainfall over the next 10 days to two weeks.

Santa Ynez Temperatures

Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed

29/72 31/73 33/69 33/73 34/70 35/72 37/74

Seawater Temperatures

Pacific Ocean temperatures along the Central Coast will range between 56 and 58 degrees through the weekend.

Surf Report

A 4- to 6-foot northwesterly deep-water swell, with a 15- to 17-second period, will arrive along our coastline Thursday through Saturday, decreasing to 3 to 5 feet, with an 11- to 15-second period, on Sunday.

An increasing westerly deep-water swell is forecast to arrive along our coastline Monday into Tuesday and is forecast to peak that day at 6 to 8 feet, with a 15- to 17-second period.

A long-period Gulf of Alaska swell is predicted to arrive along our coastline Dec. 15.

Your Weekly PG&E Safety Tip

Buckling up is such a simple thing to do; it only takes two seconds, and no other single action has as much lifesaving potential.

If more adults wore safety belts, their kids would, too. Besides, it’s the law.

John Lindsey is Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant marine meteorologist and a media relations representative. Email him at or follow him on Twitter @PGE_John.


News Editor

Mike Hodgson is news editor at the Santa Ynez Valley News, where he writes about local government, special events and the people who live in the Valley. He has been a photographer, writer, news editor and managing editor at weekly newspapers since 1972

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