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Nice Sunday, Cooler Work Week

After a beautiful Sunday, temperatures will cool off a bit early in the work week. An area of low pressure offshore will slowly migrate back to the east toward the West Coast. By early in the week, the marine layer will deepen slightly with increased low cloudcover and slightly cooler temperatures across the board. High pressure will then strengthen later in the week, reversing the trends—more sunshine and warmer temperatures. Some high cloudcover may stream in from the south late in the week as well.


Sunday: Patchy low clouds along the coast and perhaps a few small cumulus clouds over the Diablo Range. Expect seasonable to slightly warm temperatures with coastal highs in the mid-60s to mid-70s with upper 70s to around 101ºF inland. Winds pick up in the afternoon and may be strong in the inland valleys.

Overnight: Low clouds thicken and push into inland areas. Patchy fog. Expect coastal lows in the mid-50s with low to mid-50s for inland valleys and upper 50s to low 60s up in the hills.

Monday: Mostly cloudy early with patchy fog/drizzle, then becoming partly cloudy on the coast and mostly sunny inland. Cooler, with coastal highs in the 60s and mid-70s to mid-90s inland. Windy for inland valleys in the afternoon and early evening.

Extended:
 The slightly cooler and cloudier (on the coast) weather will continue through mid-week with slight warming late in the week. Some high cloudcover possible Thursday through Sunday.

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This week's normal temperatures:

--COASTAL CITIES--
LOW: 54ºF
HIGH: 69ºF

--INLAND CITIES--
LOW: 52ºF
HIGH: 86ºF

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-The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for August 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 Winter: La Niña Watch

-Area drought status:
Moderate drought for much of Santa Cruz & Santa Clara Counties, Abnormally dry on the east shore of the bay into San Benito County. No drought classification for much of Monterey County outside of the Gabilan Range.

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Dann Cianca

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

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