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From Winter To Summer

WEATHER STORY
Much warmer weather is on the way!
The broad trough of low pressure that brought unsettled, winter-like weather to the region will depart tonight. Temperatures will remain chilly for the next day or two, but will warm rapidly as we head into the weekend. In fact, highs return to normal by Friday and should be well above by Saturday! We’ll cool a touch out of the weekend, but it looks like temps will head back upward into mid-week.

AIR QUALITY: GOOD

Overnight:
 Showers end by dark. Partly cloudy with low clouds on the north/west-facing slopes of the coastal ranges. There is a slight chance of sprinkles in those clouds with a few snowflakes above 4,000ft. In the open valleys, patchy fog is possible, especially in areas that actually did get a bit of rain. Patchy frost is also possible in the higher valleys inland. Expect lows in the upper 30s to 40s on the coast and mainly 30s inland. Breezy on the exposed coast at times.

Wednesday: Mostly clear with a few puffy cumulus clouds over the hills. Cool & windy with highs in the upper 50s to mid 50s on the coast and mainly 60s to around 70ºF inland.

Thursday: Mostly sunny with a few high clouds passing through and a few low clouds on the coast. Slightly warmer with highs in the 60s to around 70ºF on the coast and upper 60s to 70s inland. Gusty northwesterly onshore winds at times.
 
Extended:
 Temperatures will keep heating up Friday for all areas, peaking on the coast. Inland areas will continue to warm into Saturday, then all areas cool off a bit Sunday and Monday. At max Friday, coastal highs will be in the upper 60s to 70s. At max Saturday, inland areas will be in the 80s-90s. Expect gusty winds in the afternoons each day.


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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 18th – 24th 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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