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Offshore Flows

Air Quality (as of 7:00PM):
Good  for all reporting stations.


Weather Story: High pressure will dominate just off the coast for most of the week. The associated dome of air along with generally offshore winds will allow for significant warming for the Monterey Bay Area early in the week. Cooler surface air masses will invade from the north Wednesday and Saturday, but the general flow will remain offshore during the period and high temperatures will likely remain at or above normal. On the flip side, mornings will be chilly because of the dry air mass in place. The first wet system could break through around the 1st or 2nd of March.

Overnight: Mostly clear and cool with passing high clouds. Expect lows in the 40s on the coast and mainly 30s inland.
 
Tuesday: Offshore winds pick up over the hills early Tuesday morning and will strengthen into the afternoon. In the low levels, winds will remain light and offshore which will lead to another warm day with widespread 70s for highs.

Wednesday: Offshore winds continue and could be strong in the hills. Cooler air will move into the region with most locations seeing highs drop 5-10ºF. These highs will remain above normal, however! Winds could occasionally mix down into the lower elevations.

Extended: Expect chilly mornings Thursday and Friday with seasonable to slightly warm highs. Offshore winds will continue at times through around Saturday. Then, a wet weather system will approach out of the weekend.

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This week's normal temperatures:

--COASTAL CITIES--
LOW: 45ºF
HIGH: 62ºF
 
--INLAND CITIES--
LOW: 40ºF
HIGH: 65ºF

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-The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for March 2nd – 8th calls for the likelihood of BELOW normal temperatures and BELOW normal precipitation. 
 
-El Niño/La Niña STATUS: Weak La Niña
-Forecast into Summer: Neutral

-Area drought status: 
Abnormally dry for most of the viewing area, moderate drought for most of Santa Clara County outside of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the northeastern sections of San Benito County.

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Dann Cianca

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

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