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A Little Bit Cooler

Weekend Air Quality Forecast: Good to moderate with periods of high smoke. Some low smoke and reduced air quality near the Dolan Fire.

Temperatures will cool a little for the start of the work-week as a broad trough of low pressure invades the Pacific Northwest. Our marine layer will deepen slightly with an uptick in morning/evening low clouds. Warming expected by the end of the week.

Overnight: Patchy low clouds and fog on the coast. Lows in the 50s for most areas with a few higher inland valleys dipping into the 40s.

Monday: Slightly cooler with patchy low clouds on the coast. Highs mainly in the 60s to 70s on the coast and 70s to low 90s inland.

Extended: Mostly seasonable temperatures throughout the week with slow warming toward the end. Some potential for offshore breezes over the hills late in the week and into the weekend. This could increase fire danger.

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This week's normal temperatures:

--COASTAL CITIES--
LOW: 53ºF
HIGH: 71ºF

--INLAND CITIES--
LOW: 50ºF
HIGH: 85ºF

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-The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for September 28th – October 4th  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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