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Seasonable 4th Of July Weekend

Air Quality (as of 8:00AM)
Good for all reporting stations.

WEATHER STORY
Our weather pattern will remain blocked up for the next week or so. Ridging will remain persistent over the Western U.S. and out over the Pacific to our southwest, while weak troughing will occur off of the Pacific Northwest Coast. The end result will be light onshore flow keeping the marine layer stable and coastal temperatures fairly seasonable. Some strengthening in the ridge may push inland highs above normal next week, but not well-above normal. So, expect a normal first week of July with coastal clouds and inland sun and a big temperatures contrast between the two areas!

FORECAST


Friday: After a cloudy start, becoming mostly cloudy on the coast in the afternoon with low clouds focused on the south/east sides of the bay. Sunny for other areas. Expect coastal highs in the mid 60s to low 70s—warmest on the north side of the bay—and a range inland from mid 70s to mid 90s. Gusty winds possible as the sea breeze reaches inland valleys during the afternoon and early evening.

Overnight: Widespread low clouds with patchy fog & drizzle possible. Expect lows in the 50s.

Saturday: Very similar to Friday! After a cloudy start with patchy drizzle, becoming mostly cloudy on the coast in the afternoon with low clouds focused on the south/east sides of the bay. Sunny for other areas. Expect coastal highs in the mid 60s to low 70s—warmest on the north side of the bay—and a range inland from mid 70s to mid 90s. Gusty winds possible as the sea breeze reaches inland valleys during the afternoon and early evening.

Extended: Seasonable to slightly cool high temperatures can be expected through the Fourth of July. Expect morning low clouds on the coast with partly cloudy conditions in the afternoon. It will be windy for inland valleys in the afternoons. Inland areas will slowly warm up through the weekend into next week

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This week's normal temperatures:

--COASTAL CITIES--
LOW: 52ºF
HIGH: 69ºF
 
--INLAND CITIES--
LOW: 50ºF
HIGH: 84ºF

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-The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for July 9th – 15th calls for the likelihood of ABOVE normal temperatures and near normal precipitation*. 
*Note: little to no precipitation usually falls this time of year.
-El Niño/La Niña STATUS: Neutral
-Forecast into Summer: Neutral

-Area drought status: “
Extreme Drought” for the entire viewing area with the far southeastern corner of Monterey County considered “Exceptional Drought”

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Zach McIntyre

Zach McIntyre is the morning meteorologist at KION News Channel 5/46.

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