Santa Lucia (northeasterly) winds will give mostly clear skies and warmer temperatures in the coastal regions of northern Santa Barbara County; however, dense ground fog will continue to develop in the far inland valleys during the night and morning hours burning off to hazy sunshine in the afternoon. Sunday's high temperatures will range between the high 60s in the North County and the high 70s in the coastal valleys. The beaches will reach the mid 70s today. The winds will turn onshore on Martin Luther King Jr. Day which will allow marine low clouds and fog to develop in the coastal regions Monday night.

A change in the weather will occur on Tuesday as a weak cold front will produce increasing clouds with areas of drizzle or light rain showers in the coastal regions. This low-pressure system is expected produce between few hundreds to a 10th of an inch of rain on Tuesday, followed by another cold front later on Thursday into Friday morning which will yield between a 10th and a half an inch of rain throughout the Central Coast.

Moderate gale-force to fresh gale-force (32 to 46 mph) northwesterly winds, partly cloudy and cooler weather is expected on Friday afternoon and night. These winds will decrease on Saturday.

Santa Maria Temperatures

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

47/79 47/73 48/72 46/73 46/67 46/62 41/64

Lompoc Temperatures

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

45/76 47/72 47/71 45/72 44/67 45/61 41/62

Santa Ynez Temperatures

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

38/74 41/72 44/69 41/68 41/66 39/60 34/61

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Surf Report

A 5- to 7-foot west-northwesterly (290-degree, deep-water) swell, with a 22- to 25-second period, will arrive along our coastline Sunday, increasing to 9 to 11 feet, with an 18- to 20-second period, Monday. This west-northwesterly (285-degree, deep-water) swell will further build to 11- to 13-feet, with a 16-to 18-second period, on Tuesday, decreasing to 9 to 11 feet, with a 13- to 15-second period, on Wednesday.

This swell will be followed by a 14- to 16-foot northwesterly (295-degree, deep-water) swell, with an 18- to 20-second period, on Thursday, decreasing to 11 to 13 feet, with 5- to 17-second period, Friday into Saturday.

Seawater temps

Seawater temperatures will range between 56 and 59 degrees through Thursday, decreasing on Friday.

This Week’s PG&E Safety Tip

At PG&E, the safety of our customers and employees is our top priority. Rain this week will reduce driver visibility and may produce slippery road conditions. Please slow down on the road and give yourself extra time to reach your destination.

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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