Strong high-pressure over the desert southwest will continue to produce warm to hot weather in the inland valleys through Saturday. Smoke and haze from numerous wildfires in the state will continue to move over the Central Coast from time to time through the weekend.

Today's high temperatures should reach the mid-90s levels in the inland valleys and the low 80s in the coastal valleys. The beaches will range between the high 50 and mid-60s.

The ongoing period of hot and dry weather will continue to promote elevated fire danger. Most of the eastern regions of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties have a fire index of high to very high today and will continue at these levels on Saturday into Sunday.

Cooling is expected Sunday and will bring temperatures to normal levels (low to mid-90s) in the North County into next week. In the coastal valleys and along the beaches, increasing northwesterly (onshore) winds will produce night and morning low clouds with areas of patchy fog and mist and seasonable temperatures. Subtropical moisture will start to move northward over the Central Coast and will produce variable mid to upper-level clouds and chance of thunderstorms in the Sierra Nevada this week.

Highs are then favored to warm in the latter half of next week as high pressure begins to re-strengthen over the desert southwest with maximum temperatures reaching triple-digit levels in the North County peaking around 102 degrees. The strengthening pressure is also expected to move moisture out of the territory.

Santa Maria Temperatures

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

57/80 55/78 55/77 55/76 55/79 55/80 56/82

Lompoc Temperatures

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

57/79 54/76 54/75 54/74 55/75 55/79 56/80

Santa Ynez Temperatures

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

58/95 55/93 55/92 55/92 55/95 55/98 57/100

Surf Report

Sunday's 3- to 5-foot northwesterly (290-degree, deep-water) swell, with a 7- to 17-second period, will remain at this level through into Monday morning. A 3- to 5-foot northwesterly (310-degree, deep-water) sea and swell, with a 5- to 15-second period, is forecast along our coastline on Monday afternoon into Friday.

Seawater temps

Seawater temperatures Intake will increase to between 56 and 60 degrees on Saturday into Monday. Increasing northwesterly winds will produce cooler seawater temperatures on Tuesday into next Friday. Intake seawater will cool to 54 to 57 degrees later on Tuesday, further decreasing to 52 and 55 degrees on Wednesday into Friday.

This Week’s PG&E Safety Tips

At PG&E, the safety of our customers and employees is our top priority. Never, ever touch a downed power line or go near one. Power lines are not insulated like power cords. Always assume the power line is live. Visit www.pge.com for safety tips regarding electrical lines.

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

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