Strong northwesterly winds switch more to the north into the weekend, bringing a slightly dryer, warmer air mass to most of the region.
The National Weather Service in Monterey has issued a WIND ADVISORY in effect from 11PM today through 10AM Saturday for areas above 1000ft in Santa Cruz Mountains of Santa Cruz County and the Diablo Range of Santa Clara County.
Expect northerly winds of 15-30mph with frequent gusts to 45mph. Downed trees, limbs, and power lines will be possible. Secure loose outdoor objects such as lawn furniture.
Strongest winds will occur above 1500ft.
Overnight: Patchy low clouds expected on the south/east sides of Monterey Bay and may make occasional appearances for adjacent inland valleys. Otherwise, mostly clear and seasonable weather expected with coastal lows in the mid to upper 40s with upper 30s to upper 50s inland. Gusty northwest winds will develop in the mountains of Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties.
Saturday: A few low clouds in the morning, then sunny and warmer. Northerly winds will keep the Santa Cruz area warm but the Monterey Peninsula a bit cooler as coastal highs will range from the low 60s to mid 70s. Inland, expect widespread 70s to 80ºF. Slightly breezy for coastal and inland valley locations. Gusty winds for the mountains, especially in the north.
Sunday: Light offshore flow in the morning will eventually be replaced by southwesterly winds. This will mean most areas near the coast will experience a warm late morning to early afternoon with highs in the 70s. Then, the north side of the bay will begin to cool off with temperatures dropping back into the 60s. Some low cloudcover will be possible on the north side of the bay late. Inland, expect mostly sunny skies and a few cumulus clouds over the higher terrain. High temperatures will be in the 70s to around 80ºF inland. There is an outside chance of a shower or thunderstorm developing over the Diablo Range. While the probability is low, if one does develop, it could have gusty winds, small hail and heavy rain.
Extended: Winds shift back onshore late with some low clouds possible near the coast. Onshore flow will cool coastal areas early next week and allow for some low cloudcover. A weak system will bring rain chances near the end of the week.
The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for May 7th-13th calls for near normal temperatures and ABOVE normal precipitation.
El Niño/La Niña STATUS: Moderate El Niño
El Niño/La Niña (2016-2017) Winter Forecast: Possible La Niña
This week's normal temperatures:
LOW: 48ºF HIGH: 66ºF
LOW: 43ºF HIGH: 74ºF
Updated by Meteorologist Dann Cianca on Friday at 11:11 p.m.