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A Gray, Cool Weekend

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A weather system will sneak down the coast through the weekend. Ahead of it, we may experience enhanced drizzle in the mornings. There is also a very slight chance of a shower Saturday afternoon over the inland hills as the core of the system passes by. Winds will also pick up as the system slides by. Weak high pressure rebuilds next week with warming temperatures.

FORECAST

Saturday: Overcast on the coast with patchy drizzle. Temperatures cool and below seasonable, with highs in the mid 50s to low 60s. Inland areas will scatter out with additional cumulus cloud development over the interior mountains in the afternoon. An isolated shower will be possible over the Diablo Range. Expect highs in the 60s to around 70ºF for inland locations. Gusty at times in the afternoon and into the evening on the exposed coast.

Overnight: Low clouds will remain in place along the coast, pushing back inland starting late this evening. Patchy drizzle possible around the Central Coast, along with the chance of fog in the coastal hills and inland valleys. Expect lows in the 40s-50s for most areas.

Extended:
 Skies will begin to clear a bit Sunday into Monday. Low temperatures will get cooler and high temperatures, warmer. In fact, most of next week is looking mostly sunny to partly cloudy with fairly seasonable temperatures (60s on the coast / 70s inland).

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This week's normal temperatures:

--COASTAL CITIES--
LOW: 50ºF
HIGH: 66ºF
 
--INLAND CITIES--
LOW: 46ºF
HIGH: 76ºF

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-The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for May 21st  – May 27th calls for the likelihood of ABOVE normal temperatures and BELOW normal precipitation. 
-El Niño/La Niña STATUS: Weak La Niña
-Forecast into Summer: Neutral

-Area drought status: “
Extreme Drought” for Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties, along with northern Monterey and northern San Benito.  The remainder of Monterey & San Benito Counties are in “Severe Drought” California Weather /

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Erika Bratten

Erika Bratten is a weather forecaster for KION News Channel 5/46.

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