As onshore flow weakens, a gradual warming trend will continue through the weekend. Gusty northerly winds are likely across southern Santa Barbara County through at least Saturday morning. Sundowner wind events will prompt very gusty winds along the coastal and mountain areas. Daytime highs will soar significantly across the interior valleys prompting a hot summer like pattern into next week.
Winds will be a primary concern for the next 24 hours. As a sundowner wind event is likely to impact southern Santa Barbara County through at least Saturday. A Wind Advisory is in effect across southern Santa Barbara County until Friday at 10 AM. Northwest to northeast winds could range from 20 to 35 mph, with gusts between 45 to 55 mph.
Conditions will stay mostly clear into Friday, with plenty of sunshine along the coastline. However, there is a chance of more cloud cover going into the weekend. As low level clouds become more favorable for stratus formation under a weak inversion. If any clouds do form there will likely be areas of dense fog near the coast and over water.
Temperatures will slowly warm into this weekend. Although onshore flow may strengthen causing the marine layer to return, with some clouds possibly lingering. Despite this activity, valley areas are still likely to warm into the 90s.
The warming trend will continue into next week and expected to peak Wednesday and Thursday as high pressure expands. This will prompt well above average temperatures as highs near the coast reach the 80s, inland areas looking at the 90s to triple digit heat.