Friday is shaping up to be the hottest day in recent memory, with downtown temps in the 100s and even thermometers along the Mesa registering 104°F at the day’s 3 p.m. peak. A quick look at Weather Underground’s citizen weather stations around town found a high of 106.6°F in the east San Roque area and temps in the 100-103°F zone across downtown over to the Shoreline Park area. The RAWS (Remote Automated Weather Station) in the Montecito foothills reported 100-103°F.
Nightfall brings some relief as the National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts an average temperature of around 69°F, and the weekend is expected to be in the 90s. For those heading to the beach, a south swell is building the surf higher than normal – about 4-6 feet – with stronger than normal rip currents.
Keeping things hot is high pressure aloft and to our east, according to the NWS, with some gusty downhill winds expected in the foothills along with low humidity this evening. An incoming low pressure mass from the southwest is expected to bring slightly cooler (in the 80s) weather on Monday, and the optimists in the meteorologists’ office predict a slight chance of showers Wednesday-Friday.