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Cooling Back Down

Your forecast for Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito, and southern Santa Clara Counties…

Temperatures will cool down across the board on Thursday, though some areas will remain warm if not hot! The big ridge of high pressure that brought heat to the region will shift eastward which will allow for a deeper marine layer. The cooler ocean air will push farther inland during the day and we’ll see the return of low clouds to the coast. Still, the overall temperature aloft only drops about 5ºF, so areas that are not touched by the ocean air will remain hot. The cool-down will continue into the weekend with coastal highs dipping below normal and inland highs settling in just above.

to Moderate

…for the Gabilan Range, Cholame Hills, and southern inland valleys of Monterey County, the mountains and higher elevation valleys of San Benito County, Santa Cruz Mountains, and portions of Santa Clara County including the Santa Clara Valley and the Diablo Range.

*In effect until 11:59:59PM Thursday.

*Daytime temperatures in the 90s to near 100s, overnight temperatures lowering to the 60s to low 70s.

*Hot temperatures may cause heat illnesses to occur.

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.

Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.

*Beach Hazards Statement*
…for the immediate coast of Monterey County in effect through Thursday evening.

*A moderate-rough NW swell will create large breaking waves of 15-20 ft and an increased risk for sneaker waves.

*Large waves can sweep across beaches without warning.

*There are two hazards to be aware of, high surf and sneaker waves. Large breaking waves create a hazardous surf zone with breaking waves of 15-20 ft, especially along steep beaches. Sneaker waves can run over 100 ft up a dry beach, pulling people in into the water from rocks, jetties, and beaches.
Inexperienced swimmers should stay out of the water. Observe the ocean for 20 minutes before relaxing on the beach. The hot weather inland will lead to more people visiting the beach this
week. Know where lifeguards are, obey their instructions, and never turn your back on the ocean!

Overnight: Low clouds and fog slowly developing on the outer Monterey Coast and eventually into the bay. Lows in the low to mid 50s on the coast, mid 50s to mid 60s for inland valleys, and 60s-70s up in the hills.

Thursday: Patchy low clouds and fog lingering on the coast. Otherwise, sunny. Cooler, with coastal highs in the low 60s to low 70s and mid 70s to around 100ºF inland, warmest, obviously, farther away from the coast. Breezy up-valley winds in the afternoon and early evening.

Friday: Low clouds/fog on the coast and into nearby valleys in the morning, with some low cloudcover lingering around the bay in the afternoon. Cooler yet with coastal highs in the upper 50s to upper 60s and low 70s to low 90s inland. Breezy westerly onshore winds becoming windy in the valleys late in the day.

Extended: Expect seasonable temperatures with scattered clouds through the weekend. A passing ridge will warm us early next week—temperatures peaking 5-10ºF above normal on Tuesday before we cool back down again.

*Note: Any alerts from the National Weather Service in Monterey will be noted in italics above. Alerts may be edited for brevity or local clarification (in parenthesis).

This week's normal temperatures:
LOW: 51ºF
HIGH: 67ºF

LOW: 48ºF
HIGH: 79ºF
-The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for June 13th – 19th calls for the likelihood of ABOVE normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.

- ENSO (El Niño/La Niña) STATUS: 
El Niño Advisory, La Niña Watch
- ENSO Forecast: Transition from El Niño to neutral soon and then to La Niña by summer.
- Area drought status: Currently drought-free
- Monterey Bay Sea Surface Temperature* as of June 5th56.9ºF
(Historic June AVG: 56.7ºF)

*average of three buoys

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