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Cooling continues into weekend

A continued cooling trend through Saturday as a trough moves into the area.  Precipitation looks unlikely except possibly some drizzle at times during the morning hours. Temperatures will be below seasonal normals through Saturday before a significant warming and drying trend develops early next week with Santa Ana Winds likely Monday through Wednesday.

Cooling trend really kicked into gear Wednesday with many areas down more than 5 degrees from yesterday, looking at 3-6 degrees of additional cooling Thursday which will drop most areas a few degrees below normal for the time in quite a while. The marine layer is expected to lift up spreading from the coast into the coastal valleys.  This will bring patchy dense fog as the marine layer spreads.  Highs on Thursday will be in the 60s to mid 70s at the coast and mid 70s to 80s inland.

An upper low will lead to a little more cooling Friday. This same northerly flow will also bring some locally gusty winds to southwest Santa Barbara County, especially near the Gaviota/Refugio areas. The marine layer is expected to deepen up Friday and Saturday which may result in a little drizzle.  Friday and Saturday clearing will be slower but should be complete except for some areas near the beaches. 

Friday and Saturday are cool days with highs mainly mid 60s to mid 70s, except some 80s across the far interior. 

Sunday offshore winds return and we expect much warmer temperatures and more sunshine through next week.

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Kelsey Gerckens

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