Last week was warm, this week is cool and windy/windy

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Last week, the central coast was under a powerful ridge of high pressure that brought onshore winds, dry air and above average temperatures (with a number of daily heat records falling). This week is a huge contrast with fresh air, windy conditions and scattered showers on some Monday afternoons.

There is a wind advisory in place for the Central Coast and a strong wind warning for the mountains, passes and canyons of Santa Barbara County and adjacent areas.

Additionally, there is a high surf advisory on Tuesday afternoon for the west-facing central coast.

Radar and cameras show widely scattered light showers, mostly in the hills, but some here outside the hills. If you followed this prediction last week, it was among the hardest predictions to follow. And it turns out that was a good call, although some showers do occur, that’s not the main impact of the system, the wind and cooler temperatures are much more noticeable.

The afternoon and early evening northwest winds will continue to be windy to windy for much of this week.

Interestingly, the model will tease us a few more times with cold fronts that seem to die on arrival or just before. We will therefore see mild temperatures continue and although a drop or two of rain is possible, it is by no means robust and likely more of a failure than a success in the days ahead. The next “chance” seems to be Saturday, but some models don’t hold the front together, so I’m not going to do that yet.

Temperatures will slowly rebound Thursday and Friday, then retreat with Saturday’s front and warm more significantly later next week when some forecasts show another heat wave is possible.

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