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Cooler, Wetter Pattern

Sunday will be a quiet, seasonable day as we head for a big weather pattern change. A deep trough of low pressure will dig in across the Pacific Northwest as we close out the weekend, sending a dying cold front toward us Monday afternoon. We may see a few showers and wind gusts with this front, but not much else. It will be followed by a cooler air mass, however, which will stay with us for the rest of the week. A deeper trough will follow by the end of the week and it looks like this one will tap into some moisture from the Central Pacific. It looks like it will drive a wet, windy cold front through our area on Thursday with showers and additional waves possible into the weekend.

AIR QUALITY: Good to Moderate


Sunday: Mostly sunny with passing high clouds and some low clouds/fog possible on the coast late. Seasonable, with coastal highs in the 60s and 60s to around 70ºF inland. Breezy for inland valleys in the afternoon.


Overnight: Partly cloudy with patchy fog on the coast and high clouds passing through. Expect lows in the mid 30s to mid 40s on the coast with upper 20s to 30s inland.

Monday: Partly cloudy with an isolated shower possible. Breezy to windy at times, especially on the exposed coast and in the valleys. Cooler, with highs in the 50s to low 60s.

Extended: Expect cool days and cold night Tuesday/Wednesday with wind & rain arriving Thursday. Another, secondary system arrives on Saturday, though showers could last in between.

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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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