Warmer, drier weather returns just in time for the weekend – KION546

WEATHER HISTORY
Expect mostly sunny skies with high pressure building throughout the weekend. Temperatures will warm closer to normal on the coast and above normal inland early next week, before cooling mid-week.

AIR QUALITY: GOOD

**HIGH SURF ADVISORY**

…now until 3 a.m. Saturday for the entire coastline of Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, including the Big Sur coast.

– A long period swell moved through our coastal waters at periods of 15 to 17 seconds from 15 to 18 feet.

– Big breaking waves in the surf zone 14-18 feet.

– High risk of sneaker waves and strong rip currents.

– Dangerous swimming and surfing conditions and localized beach erosion. High risk of sneaker waves and strong rip currents.

PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES/PREPARATION – Stay clear of shore, expect dangerous and life-threatening risk from sneaker waves and strong rip currents. Stay clear of rocks and coastal piers. Keep children close, keep pets on a leash, and never turn your back on the ocean.

Overnight: The scattered clouds will slowly disappear but will be replaced by a few low clouds and patchy fog in the morning. Lows are in the mid to low 40s for most locations, far inland locations will fall in the mid to high 30s.

Saturday: Generally sunny and warmer with highs in the 60s on the coast and 60s to 70s inland. Offshore winds at times gusty, with gusty winds in the Salinas Valley in the late afternoon.

Sunday: Waking up to low cloud and patchy fog, clearing early to mostly sunny skies. Still warmer especially inland with highs mostly in the 70s near 80s. Coastal locations will be above season however temperatures will remain in the 60s with the flow continuing to earth.

Expanded: A bit of a mid-week chill as a cold, dry front passes to the north. Although no precipitation is expected, the system could increase clouds around the coast and increase winds. Temperatures will then stabilize before the following weekend.

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Normal temperatures this week:

–COASTAL TOWNS–
LOW: 47ºF
HIGH: 66ºF

–INLAND CITIES–
LOW: 43ºF
HIGH: 72ºF

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-The Climate Prediction Center outlook for April 30and – May 6and calls for the likelihood of LOWER temperatures and near normal precipitation.
– El Niño/La Niña STATUS: La Niña Notice

– Forecast: Weak La Niña until autumn

– State of dryness of the area: “Severe Drought” for most of the viewing area with the easternmost fringes of Santa Benito and the southeast corner of Monterey County in “Extreme Drought”.