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Heat Continues Wednesday

Your forecast for Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito, and southern Santa Clara Counties…

Temperatures will peak on Wednesday as high pressure rules over the region. Inland highs will likely jump another 2-5ºF, sending a few areas into the triple digits. At the coast, warming will be balanced out by a slightly stronger sea breeze, so most areas should be similar in temperature compared to Tuesday. The ridge shifts east by Thursday allowing for deeper onshore flow and the return of coastal low clouds—relief.

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…for the Gabilan Range, Cholame Hills, and southern inland valleys of Monterey County, the mountains and higher elevation valleys of San Benito County, Santa Cruz Mountains, and portions of Santa Clara County including the Santa Clara Valley and the Diablo Range.

*In effect NOW until 11:59:59PM Thursday.

*Daytime temperatures in the 90s to near 100s, farthest inland 100 to 103 degrees expected. Overnight temperatures lowering to the 60s to low 70s.

*Hot temperatures may cause heat illnesses to occur.

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.

Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.

*Beach Hazards Statement*
…for the immediate coast of Monterey County in effect NOW through Thursday evening.

*A moderate-rough NW swell will create large breaking waves of 15-20 ft and an increased risk for sneaker waves.

*Large waves can sweep across beaches without warning.

*There are two hazards to be aware of, high surf and sneaker waves. Large breaking waves create a hazardous surf zone with breaking waves of 15-20 ft, especially along steep beaches. Sneaker waves can run over 100 ft up a dry beach, pulling people in into the water from rocks, jetties, and beaches.
Inexperienced swimmers should stay out of the water. Observe the ocean for 20 minutes before relaxing on the beach. The hot weather inland will lead to more people visiting the beach this
week. Know where lifeguards are, obey their instructions, and never turn your back on the ocean!

Wednesday: Sunny with rapid warming. Expect coastal highs in the upper 60s to low 80s and mid 80s to around 103ºF inland. Breezy northwesterly onshore and up-valley winds in the afternoon. Some coastal fog possible late on the south/east sides of the bay.

Overnight: Another round of warm overnight lows, 50s at the coast, and 50s to 60s inland with highest elevations reaching the low 70s. Mostly clear skies, with coastal cities seeing the return of low clouds and areas of patchy fog by dawn. Light breeze.

Thursday: Cooler on the coast with patchy low clouds and highs in the 60s to low 70s. Inland temperatures will range from mid 70s nearest the coast to around 100ºF in our typically hotter valleys in the south.

Extended: The cooling trend will continue on Friday with even more low cloudcover on the coast. Things will then even out a bit this weekend with temperatures that will be closer to seasonal normals under partly cloudy skies. Some warming is expected mid-week next week but not to the extent that we’re seeing this week.

*Note: Any alerts from the National Weather Service in Monterey will be noted in italics above. Alerts may be edited for brevity or local clarification (in parenthesis).

This week's normal temperatures:
LOW: 51ºF
HIGH: 67ºF

LOW: 48ºF
HIGH: 79ºF
-The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for June 12th – 18th calls for the likelihood of ABOVE normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.

- ENSO (El Niño/La Niña) STATUS: 
El Niño Advisory, La Niña Watch
- ENSO Forecast: Transition from El Niño to neutral soon and then to La Niña by summer.
- Area drought status: Currently drought-free
- Monterey Bay Sea Surface Temperature* as of June 5th56.7ºF
(Historic June AVG: 56.7ºF)

*average of three buoys

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