A clear, windy start for April with rain expected later in week
A pattern of moderate to fresh (13 to 24 mph) Santa Lucia (northeasterly/offshore) winds developing during the morning hours, shifting out of the northwest (onshore) and increasing to strong to gale-force (25 to 38 mph) levels through Monday.
This pattern will produce mostly clear skies during the morning and afternoon hours, with marine low clouds developing during the evening hours along the coastline. Daytime highs will top out in the mid to upper 70s into Monday.
The marine layer will return Tuesday into Wednesday with areas of night and morning drizzle/light rain and cooler temperatures. The weather model runs are still advertising rain showers Thursday into Friday as a late season low-pressure system moves toward the Central Coast.
The associated cold front is forecast to move through San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties on Saturday with gusty southerly winds and moderate rain.
Please remember, these are long-range models and will probably change.
Strong to gale-force (25 to 38 mph) northwesterly winds will generate a 4- to 6-foot northwesterly (305degree, deep-water) sea and swell (with a 5- to 16-second period) through Tuesday. A 3- to 5-foot northwesterly (290-degree, deep-water) swell (with an 8- to 14-second period) is forecast along our coastline Wednesday into Friday. A 12- to 14foot west- northwesterly (285-degree, deep-water) swell (with a 15- to 17second period) is forecast along our coastline Saturday into next Sunday.
Seawater temperatures will continue to range between 53 and 56 degrees through Friday.
THE WEATHER MODEL RUNS ARE ADVERTISING RAIN SHOWERS THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY AS A LOW-PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVES TOWARD THE CENTRAL COAST.
John Lindsey’s column is special to The Tribune. He is PG&E’s Diablo Canyon marine meteorologist and a media relations representative. Email him at [email protected]