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Summer Begins

As we usher in Summer this weekend, a true summer-like pattern will continue for the next week or so. Summer here on the Central Coast often means warm to hot conditions inland with afternoon/evening winds in the valleys--and cooler, cloudier conditions on the coast. And that, my friends, is what you can expect for the next week or so with only minor variations…


Saturday: Low clouds will be slow to retreat back to the coast in the afternoon. Some clearing expected around Santa Cruz late. Expect coastal highs in the upper 50s to 60s with upper 60s to upper 90s inland. Expect breezy conditions for major inland valleys in the afternoon and early evening. The Summer Solstice occurs at 2:43PM PDT

Overnight: Low clouds fill the coast and major inland valleys. Patchy fog possible in the coastal hills. A few spritzes of drizzle possible as well. Expect lows in the low 50s on the coast, mid 40s to low 50s for inland valleys and mid 50s to 60ºF up in the hills.

Sunday (Father’s Day): Widespread low clouds early again, with a retreat to the coast in the afternoon. Expect a bit more clearing on the Santa Cruz side of the bay during the afternoon. Coastal highs will range from the low 60s to mid 70s—warmest on the north side of the bay, and mid 70s to upper 90s inland. Breezy for inland valleys in the afternoon and early evening.

Extended: Not much change in the forecast into early next week. Expect low clouds near the coast with seasonable temperatures and mostly sunny skies inland with warm to hot temps. We’ll see some high clouds move through Tuesday/Wednesday. Further inland warming possible late next week.


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This week's normal temperatures:

--COASTAL CITIES--
LOW: 52ºF
HIGH: 68ºF

--INLAND CITIES--
LOW: 49ºF
HIGH: 83ºF

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-The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for June 27th - July 3rd 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: Equal chances of Neutral and 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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