Jun 16, 2013 9:59 PM by Victoria Johnson

Windy week ahead

The onshore flow and night and morning low clouds will continue near the coast through the early portions of this week, followed by gradual clearing in the afternoon hours. The onshore flow will weaken between Monday and Wednesday due to a northerly surface pressure difference which will also bring windy conditions to the southern portions of Santa Barbara County and through the I 5 corridor. Localized sundowner winds and I 5 corridor winds may reach advisory levels tonight into tomorrow morning and the wind will become more pronounced each afternoon and night between Monday and Wednesday. We can expect gusty northerly winds with gusts up to 40mph, a limited cloud deck and above normal temperatures. These northerly winds will impact the coastal waters and initiate gale force winds late this afternoon into the early evening. We can expect a warming trend later this week into the weekend. The marine layer should decrease and the max beach temps will be above normal. An upper level trough will prevail across California the next few days. This will bring an increasing northwest flow across the Santa Barbara County Mountains, south coast and I 5 corridors. Winds can gust up to 45 mph at times and will be strongest on Monday afternoon through Tuesday night. Humidity levels could fall below 20 percent in the later afternoon, early evening hours across portions of the Santa Barbara South Coast and adjacent foothills due to the sundowner winds. Low humidity levels across the mountains and gusty winds will being an elevated fire danger to the Santa Barbara South Coast for the next few days. There could be brief periods of critical fire weather each afternoon and evening. However, a red flag warning has not been issued since critical fire weather conditions are not expected to have a significant duration.



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