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Return of Coastal Clouds

We’ll get a bit more coastal sunshine Tuesday before the low clouds return. The upper level low that has been sitting offshore will begin to move toward us late tomorrow and then pass over us Wednesday into Thursday. It will bring a cool air mass to the region. Low clouds will thicken as the low approaches late Tuesday through Wednesday with drizzle possible Wednesday into Thursday. Then, we’ll see some clearing behind it into the weekend with temperatures heading back upward.


Overnight: Patchy low clouds to start, then becoming more widespread at the coast and in nearby valleys into sunrise, along with patchy fog. Temperatures will be cool, mainly in the low to mid-50s, with sheltered valleys dropping into the 40s.

Tuesday: Low clouds will be a little more persistent with a cool down expected for coastal cities—highs in the low 60s to low 70s, but inland areas may warm a few degrees over Tuesday with mid 70s to upper 80s. Winds pick up for inland valleys late.

Wednesday: Widespread low clouds for the coast for most of the day. Cooler with highs in the 60s. Cooler inland as well, but mostly sunny with highs in the upper 60s to upper 70s. Winds pick up for inland valleys late.

Extended: Coastal clouds will begin to break on Thursday which will lead to slightly warmer temperatures. Meanwhile, inland areas will reach their lowest highs of the week with 60s to only mid 70s expected. All areas will begin a warm up into and through the weekend under mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies.

This week's normal temperatures:

LOW: 53ºF
HIGH: 70ºF

LOW: 50ºF
HIGH: 84ºF

-The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for September 26th – October 2nd calls for the likelihood of near normal temperatures and ABOVE normal precipitation. Note: Little to no precipitation typically falls this time of year.

- ENSO (El Niño/La Niña) STATUS: 
El Niño Advisory
- Forecast: Strong to Very Strong El Niño expected this winter.
-Area drought status: Currently drought-free

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


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