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Critical fire weather conditions improve

Tuesday we were warm, breezy and dry.  Tuesday night we will finally start to see some improvement in our critical fire weather.  A cooling trend is expected Wednesday with all areas back to normal temperatures by the end of the week. Some warming expected over the weekend.

Closed upper level low pressure system that brought the gusty winds Monday has shifted southward into the coastal waters centered off the coast of northern Baja.   The position of the upper low will maintain fairly strong easterly flow aloft across the region Tuesday, and help to reinforce the offshore pressure gradient. The upper level support with this event will continue to bring the strongest winds across the mountains and foothills of all three counties where damaging wind gusts are expected.

The remaining Red Flag Warnings in the mountains and Ventura County are set to expire at 10 Tuesday night.

The air mass will continue to warm on Tuesday, leading to even warmer temperatures across the region, with many coastal/valley areas climbing well into the 80s, possibly reaching record levels in a few locations. 

Dangerously high surf for the Central Coast where a High Surf Warning is in effect until 9PM Wednesday as sets are expected to get up to 25 feet.  South Coast beaches and Ventura County beaches have higher than normal surf with a high surf advisory in effect until 9PM Wednesday.

Remainder of the week looks fairly quiet and benign. Wednesday still very lightly offshore but trending onshore and cooler for coast/valleys.  Temperatures will be much cooler but still warm primarily in the 70s. Then much cooler Thursday with the first real decent onshore day in the last couple weeks. Possibly even some marine layer return and temps dropping back into the 60s.

Still cool with onshore flow Friday and possibly some marine layer to start off. High pressure coming in over the weekend into early next week should warm us right back up in the 70s in most locations

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Kelsey Gerckens

Kelsey Gerckens is chief meteorologist for News Channel 3-12. To learn more about Kelsey, click here.

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