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WEATHER STORY
After a cool & windy day Monday, high pressure will rapidly rebuild with warming temperatures. Initially, winds will shift back to the north late Monday into Tuesday, rapidly clearing out the clouds and setting up slight offshore flow Tuesday into Wednesday. The building ridge along with the offshore flow will mean much warmer temperatures for much of the week. Weak systems will pass by again late in the week and during the weekend bringing more wind, but rain chances are looking very slim to none.

AIR QUALITY: GOOD

***GALE WARNING***
… from the National Weather Service in Monterey
… in effect until 3AM Tuesday for the near coastal waters from Point Pinos to Point Piedras Blancas.

*Northwest winds 25 to 35 kt with gusts up to 45 kt and seas 7 to 12 feet at 10 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.

Overnight: Mostly clear with a few low clouds hugging the north slopes of the coastal ranges. Winds easing for low areas, but will be gusty over the ridges. Lows in the 40s for most areas with some 30s for our southern valleys.

Tuesday: Gusty northerly winds continue into Tuesday afternoon bringing dryer air into the region. Expect mostly sunny skies and warmer temperatures with highs in the 60s to mid 70s on the coast and 70s to low 80s inland.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny and warm with patchy fog possible on the coast. Highs in the 60s to 70s on the coast and 70s to 80s inland. Lighter winds across the board.

Extended:  Weather systems late in the week will turn the winds back on which could be gusty at times through the weekend. Generally, temperatures should remain at or above normal through Friday with some cooling this weekend, especially inland.


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This week's normal temperatures:

--COASTAL CITIES--
LOW: 49ºF
HIGH: 66ºF

--INLAND CITIES--
LOW: 45ºF
HIGH: 74ºF

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-The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for May 10th – 16th calls for the likelihood of ABOVE normal temperatures and BELOW normal precipitation.
- El Niño/La Niña STATUS: La Niña Advisory
- Forecast: Weak La Niña into the Fall

-Area drought status: “
Severe Drought” for most of the viewing area with the far eastern fringes of Santa Benito and southeastern corner of Monterey County in “Extreme Drought.”

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Dann Cianca

Dann Cianca is the chief meteorologist at KION News Channel 5/46.

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