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Pre Weekend Warm Up

Air Quality (as of 12 AM)
GOOD in coastal areas, MODERATE in King City, Pinnacles NP, Boulder Creek, Morgan Hill, San Martin.

WEATHER STORY
High pressure to the south expands, giving the central coast a brief taste of warmer temperatures Friday. The weakened marine layer will deepen into the weekend, causing temperatures to drop a few degrees. Onshore flow and sea breezes will continue through the weekend bringing mild conditions and helping to alleviate haze caused by wildfires in the northern part of the state.

Overnight: Coastal clouds will fill in around 8 PM. Overnight lows in the 50s for coastal and inland locations.

Saturday: Mild temperatures and sea breezes will cool temperatures just slightly. Haze and moderate air quality will likely linger at higher elevations.

Extended: Little change is expected in terms of temperatures from Saturday into the beginning of next week. Partial morning and evening cloud cover for coastal areas and ample sunshine for inland locations.
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This week's normal temperatures:

--COASTAL CITIES--
LOW: 55ºF
HIGH: 69ºF
 
--INLAND CITIES--
LOW: 53ºF
HIGH: 86ºF

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-The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for August 14th – 20th  calls for the likelihood of ABOVE normal temperatures and NORMAL precipitation*. 
*Note: little to no precipitation usually falls this time of year.
-El Niño/La Niña STATUS: Neutral
-Forecast into Winter: La Niña Watch

-Area drought status: “
Extreme Drought” for the entire viewing area with the far southeastern corner of Monterey County and far eastern San Benito County considered “Exceptional Drought”

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