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Rounds of Showers

We’re not quite done with the rain just yet. The atmosphere remains slightly unsettled with rounds of showers possible for the next couple of days. By dawn, a weak disturbance will move through the region bringing widespread showers with brief heavy rain. We’ll quiet down a bit Monday afternoon, but more showers are likely through Tuesday. Then, we’ll dry out for a couple of days before the next system(s) arrive Friday/Saturday.

AIR QUALITY: Good

Overnight:
Partly cloudy with isolated shower possible in the Santa Cruz County, then scattered showers around the Monterey Bay Area as the commute kicks off. Lows mainly in the 40s with 30s for southern valleys.

Monday: Scattered showers early, then becoming partly cloudy with isolated showers. Cool and occasionally breezy with highs only in the 50s.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers. Cool with highs in the 50s.

Extended: We’ll dry out starting Wednesday, but won’t necessarily warm up! In fact, highs look to remain cool for this time of year with mainly 50s—but lows will get colder as the air dries out. The next system will approach our area late Thursday into Friday and could last into Saturday.

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This week's normal temperatures:

--COASTAL CITIES--
LOW: 43ºF
HIGH: 61ºF

--INLAND CITIES--
LOW: 37ºF
HIGH: 62ºF

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-The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for December 12th – 18th 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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