We're expecting some gusty north/northwest winds tonight as a dry cold front moves through southern California. Since this front is fizzling out as it moves south of the Bay Area, this won't be a rain producer for our area. Wind wise...south Santa Barbara County will be under a Wind Advisory from 8 PM through 6 AM Tuesday, with gusts at times to 40 mph in the usual wind prone spots. Overnight lows will be cooler tonight as our skies should clear out behind the cold front. Coastal areas will cool down to the 50s and very low 60s, while the valleys drop down to the 40s & 50s.
A weak upper level ridge will attempt to build into southwest California on Tuesday behind tonight's cold front passage. This ridge should allow for a modest rise in temperatures tomorrow...with daytime highs warming into the 70s and very low 80s. Much like what we'll see tonight, there will be more gusty north/northwest winds on Tuesday afternoon/evening, with a Wind Advisory again possible in Santa Barbara County.
The ridge will continue to build from Wednesday into Thursday, with afternoon temperatures expected to rise a few degrees each day. We should stay pretty warm on Friday, even as our next storm approaches. This storm could bring a few isolated showers to areas north of Point Conception by Saturday, with a dry and cooler forecast expected around Santa Barbara and Ventura. Mild and dry conditions on Sunday will then give way to a few degrees of warming next Monday.