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Summer in October?

Air Quality (as of 9:30AM)
GOOD for all reporting areas.

WEATHER STORY
“Local Summer” will continue into the weekend as high pressure dominates the region and suppresses the marine layer. Expect coastal highs in the 70s for the next few days before cooling down out of the weekend. The pattern will shift a bit next week enhancing onshore flow and bringing in a cooler air mass. Eventually, some rain is likely headed for California with a slight chance locally by the end of next week.


Friday: Offshore winds early in the day will allow for maximum heating all the way to the coast early in the day where temperatures will reach the 70s-80s. A light sea breeze will keep things moderated into the afternoon, however. Inland areas will continue to warm into the 80s to low 90s. Breezy for inland valleys in the afternoon and evening. Mostly clear skies and just a bit hazy.

Overnight: Another primarily clear night with temperatures dropping into the 40s and 50s across the region with higher elevations in the 60s following sundown.

Saturday: Very similar to Friday. Offshore winds early in the day will allow for maximum heating all the way to the coast early in the day where temperatures will reach the 70s-80s. A light sea breeze will keep things moderated into the afternoon, however. Inland areas will continue to warm into the 80s to low 90s. Breezy for inland valleys in the afternoon and evening. Mostly clear skies and just a bit hazy.

Extended:
 Eventually onshore flow will strengthen at the coast leading to cooling and low cloud development. This will likely happen either Sunday or Monday. Temperatures will cool for all areas next week with the potential for rain chances late in the week.

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This week's normal temperatures:

--COASTAL CITIES--
LOW: 53ºF
HIGH: 72ºF
 
--INLAND CITIES--
LOW: 50ºF
HIGH: 83ºF

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-The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for October 8th – 14th calls for the likelihood of BELOW normal temperatures and ABOVE normal precipitation.
 
-El Niño/La Niña STATUS: Neutral
-Forecast into Winter: La Niña Watch

-Area drought status: “
Extreme Drought” for the entire viewing area with the far southeastern corner of Monterey County and far eastern San Benito County considered “Exceptional Drought”



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