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Hot Weather Coming

High pressure begins to build in to the region this weekend. Temperatures will slowly rise on Saturday & Sunday but remain quite pleasant for most areas. The ridge will really dominate our weather for most of next week, however. The hot dome of air will be centered over California sending temperatures up well above normal for several days. At the coast, flow will generally remain onshore, but the cool breezes won’t make it all that far inland. A cut off area of low pressure will eventually approach the coast from the southwest which will ultimately cool us down. But it will also bring clouds and perhaps a chance for rain.

Saturday: Mostly sunny with a few, thin high clouds and perhaps just a few low clouds along the bay shore. Warmer, with coastal highs in the mid-60s to mid-70s—warmest on the north side of the bay—and mid-70s to mid-80s inland. Breezy for inland valleys and around the bay in the afternoon.

Sunday: A few low clouds possible in the morning, otherwise mostly sunny with passing thin, high clouds. Warmer with coastal highs in the upper 60s to around 80ºF—warmest on the north side of the bay—and upper 70s to around 90ºF inland.  Breezy for inland valleys in the afternoon.
Extended: The heat will really settle in Monday through Thursday—see the excessive heat watch text below—with cooling by the end of the week.

**Excessive Heat Watch**
… for all of Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Santa Clara Counties from 11AM Monday through 7PM Thursday.

- An extended duration of excessively hot daytime temperatures with limited overnight relief.

- Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to be the hottest days.

- Extreme heat will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for vulnerable populations or those working outdoors during the day. Additional societal impacts from the movement of people seeking relief from the heat from hotter areas inland.

- Widespread 90s to low 100s daytime temperatures are expected for inland areas on the hottest days of Tuesday and Wednesday. The Santa Cruz coast could rise to the upper 80s to low 90s during these hottest days. Other coastal areas should remain relatively cooler than surrounding inland areas given light onshore flow (70s to around 80). Significant temperature differences from the coast to a few miles inland could drive an excessive number of persons towards the coast to seek relief from the heat. Individuals are advised to check with local authorities on potential closures of parks and beaches and be aware of any special requirements for visiting such areas. Overnight lows will range from the upper 50s to low 60s which may limit the impact of typical overnight relief in the region.

- Monitor the latest forecasts and warnings for updates on this situation. Be prepared to 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. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal
temperatures in a matter of minutes.

This week's normal temperatures:
LOW: 50ºF
HIGH: 66ºF

LOW: 46ºF
HIGH: 78ºF

The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for May 30th June 5th calls for the likelihood of ABOVE normal temperatures and ABOVE normal precipitation.

El Niño/La Niña STATUS: Neutral
Forecast into Summer: Neutral
Forecast into Winter: Trending toward La Niña

Area drought status: Good to Abnormally Dry

Dann Cianca

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


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