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Black (And Mild) Friday

High pressure dominates the region on Thanksgiving with light offshore flow and high temperatures 5-10ºF above normal. We’ll remain warm Friday even as the ridge begins to flatten out. The flattening will be more evident this weekend, returning temperatures back to seasonal norms. A deep trough will begin to dig in across the west early next week. A system sliding through on Monday could bring some rain but it is trending dryer. One thing is for sure, next week will be cooler than this week.

AIR QUALITY: GOOD
TO MODERATE

Overnight: A few high clouds will move in overnight, other than that mostly clear. Lows will be slightly warmer with mid to upper 40s along the coast, 30s to low 40s inland. Winds light out of the east.

Friday: A few clouds will return and we’ll cool slightly, but temperatures will remain warm for this time of year. Highs in the 60s-70s. Clouds increase further late.

Saturday: A few scattered clouds around the coast, but mostly sunny for most locations. Highs will start to cool to near seasonable. Mainly 60s, few low 70s further inland.

Extended: We’ll cool a bit during the weekend but stay seasonable, then it looks likely that the weather will become more active with rain possible early next week along with cooler, breezy conditions.




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This week's normal temperatures:

--COASTAL CITIES--
LOW: 44ºF
HIGH: 64ºF

--INLAND CITIES--
LOW: 39ºF
HIGH: 66ºF

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-The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for December 2nd – 8th calls for the likelihood of BELOW normal temperatures and ABOVE normal precipitation.

- El Niño/La Niña STATUS: La Niña Advisory
- Forecast: Weak La Niña into the Winter

-Area drought status: “
Severe Drought” for most of the viewing area with “Extreme Drought” in southern San Benito and southeastern Monterey Counties. The southeastern third of San Benito County has been upgraded to “Exceptional Drought”

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Dann Cianca

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

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