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Warming trend is underway

Temperatures will gradually warm this week, as high pressure builds in over the Eastern Pacific and West Coast.

In response to the changing air pressure, strong northwesterly winds will develop Tuesday. The onshore flow will keep exposed coastal areas a bit cool and gusty on Tuesday and probably into Wednesday.

On average, highs will likely be above normal Wednesday through the weekend.

Tuesday: A few low clouds near the coast, otherwise mostly sunny with a few high clouds. Expect coastal highs in the upper 50s to low 70s—warmest on the north side of the bay—and upper 60s to mid 70s inland. Gusty northwest winds at times.  

… for the near coastal waters of Monterey County outside of Monterey Bay from 9AM Tuesday through 6PM Wednesday.

Expect northwest winds 20 to 30kt with gusts up to 35kt and seas 7 to 12 feet at 16 seconds possible.

Strong winds can cause hazardous seas which could capsize or damage vessels and reduce visibility.

Mariners should consider altering plans to avoid possible hazardous conditions. Remain in port, seek safe harbor, alter course, and/or secure the vessel for severe wind and seas.

Tuesday night: Patchy low clouds on the coast and inland valleys. Breezy at times on the coast. Expect lows in the low 50s on the coast and 40s inland.

Wednesday: Patchy low clouds on the coast, otherwise mostly sunny. Breezy northwest wins will continue, which will temper warming on the south side of the bay, however just above everywhere else will see above normal high temperatures. Expect low 60s to mid 70s on the coast and 70s to low 80s inland.

Skies will stay mostly sunny to partly cloudy all the way into the weekend with occasionally breezy conditions on the coast and warmer than normal temperatures. Highs will likely peak on Friday at about 10ºF above normal, then slowly cool out of the weekend.  

The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for April 28th – May 4th calls for the likelihood of ABOVE normal temperatures and BELOW normal precipitation.

El Niño/La Niña STATUS: Neutral
Forecast into Summer: Neutral


This week's normal temperatures:
LOW: 47ºF
HIGH: 65ºF  

LOW: 43ºF
HIGH: 73ºF

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Barry Brown

Barry Brown is an anchor and reporter at KION News Channel 5/46.


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