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Summer, Continued

A summer-like weather pattern will continue through the rest of the week. High pressure is anchored offshore with a big dome of hot air across the entire state. Heat Alerts are in place for the entire Central Valley as the region deals with highs in the triple digits. Some of that heat will be felt in our far-inland valleys and up in the mountains, but the air conditioning will remain turned on for coastal areas. After some wavering, the ridge will strengthen and bulge east on Friday, compressing the marine layer and likely leading to the warmest temperatures of the week for most coastal and inland locations. Then, a trough will dig down the coast this weekend and bring significant cooling to inland areas especially.

This Morning: Low clouds fill the coast and major inland valleys with patchy fog & drizzle. Expect lows in the low 50s on the coast, upper 40s to low 50s for inland valleys and mid 50s to 60ºF up in the hills.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy on the coast with only a few breaks of sun if any. A few high clouds possible elsewhere. Expect coastal highs in the 60s to around 70ºF with upper 70s to around 97ºF inland. Breezy for inland valleys in the afternoon.

Friday: Low clouds on the coast and in the valleys early, then becoming mostly sunny with only a few low clouds lingering on the coast. Warmer, with coastal highs in the mid 60s to mid 70s, 80s to low 100s inland. Breezy for inland valleys in the afternoon.

Extended: Some cooling expected on Saturday as a trough digs in from the north and much cooler air will arrive Sunday. Some warming expected by mid-week next week. All in all, expect less in the way of low cloudcover from the weekend into early next week.
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This week's normal temperatures:

--COASTAL CITIES--
LOW: 53ºF
HIGH: 69ºF

--INLAND CITIES--
LOW: 50ºF
HIGH: 84ºF

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-The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for July 2nd – 9th 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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