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Another Warm Stretch

High pressure continues to build into the region through mid-week, bringing warm, dry conditions to the region. The ridge is only visiting, however, so it will move along after Wednesday and a trough of low pressure will dig into the Pacific Coast behind it. It will bring cooler conditions, along with increased clouds, coastal winds, and perhaps some very light precipitation. The pattern will remain progressive, so the trough will move along by early next week, to be replaced by another ridge and warmer weather...

Overnight: Clear with lows in the 40s. A few higher elevation locations may only dip into the low 50s.

Tuesday:  Sunny with only a few, thin low clouds possible on the exposed coast. Warmer, with coastal highs in the upper 60s to upper 80s--warmest on the Santa Cruz side of the bay--and 80s to low 90s inland. Breezy for inland valleys in the afternoon and early evening, then breezy on the exposed coast and up over the ridge tops late.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny and warm again on the coast with highs in the upper 60s to upper 80s--once again warmest on the Santa Cruz side of the bay. Inland areas will continue to warm up with highs in the upper 80s to around 100ºF. Breezy for the valleys in the late afternoon and early evening, then breezy over the ridge tops over the hills.

Extended: Temperatures will begin to cool a bit on Thursday with an increase in low clouds on the coast. A weather system will then pass by to the north Friday/Saturday, significantly cooling inland areas and prehaps bringing some drizzle to the coast. Some warming expecting next week.

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This week's normal temperatures:

--COASTAL CITIES--
LOW: 52ºF
HIGH: 67ºF

--INLAND CITIES--
LOW: 48ºF
HIGH: 81ºF

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-The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for June 16th-22nd calls for the likelihood of ABOVE normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. Note: Little to no precipitation typically falls this time of year.

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

-Area drought status: Good to Abnormally Dry

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Dann Cianca

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

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