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Rain Chances

The atmosphere will remain a bit unstable on Saturday ahead of a stronger storm system keeping the threat of showers in the forecast. Widespread rain is likely to return on Sunday as the next system rolls through. Cooler, showery weather will follow into early next week before a slight warming trend at the end of next week.

Overnight: Becoming mostly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows in the 40s.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with isolated showers—mainly over the inland hills. Expect highs in the upper 50s to low 60s.
 
*Beach Hazards*
… from Saturday evening through late Sunday night for the immediate coast of Santa Cruz & Monterey Counties.

An increased risk of sneaker waves and rip currents is expected.

Sneaker waves can knock unsuspecting beach goers over and into the sea. Rip currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea.

Steep beaches will have a higher risk of sneaker wave and rip current activity with greater wave run-up onto beaches.

A Beach Hazard Statement for sneaker waves means that conditions are present to support a heightened risk of unsuspecting beach goers being swept into the sea by a wave. Rip currents are typically more frequent and stronger in the vicinity of jetties, inlets, and piers. People walking along the beach should never turn their back to the sea. Fisherman should avoid fishing from rocks or jetties. Remain out of the water to avoid hazardous swimming conditions. Anyone caught in a rip current should swim parallel to the coast to escape the rip current before trying to swim for shore.


Sunday: Periods of rain moving in from the south. Otherwise, mostly cloudy. Rainfall amounts will be higher in the south. Most cities around Monterey Bay should pick up 0.25-0.50”. Highs in the upper 50s to low 60s. Occasionally breezy southerly winds on the exposed coast.

Extended: Cooler, showery weather can be expected Monday through Wednesday with lows in the 30s-40s and highs in the 50s. We’ll clear out by Thursday with warmer, more seasonable weather by Friday.

                                                                                                                                            
The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for March 28th – April 3rd  calls for the likelihood of BELOW temperatures and near normal precipitation.

El Niño/La Niña STATUS: Neutral
Forecast into Summer: Neutral

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This week's normal temperatures:
--COASTAL CITIES--
LOW: 45ºF
HIGH: 63ºF

--INLAND CITIES--
LOW: 40ºF
HIGH: 68ºF

Weather Authority

Dann Cianca

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

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