Wind gusts upward of 35 mph are expected Tuesday, March 23, into Wednesday, March 24, in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
(National Weather Service)
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Santa Cruz weather watch: Wind gusts through Wednesday — with warmer temperatures to follow

Winds aren’t expected to be prolonged enough to warrant high wind advisories and warnings, though the National Weather Service is advising residents to secure outdoor furniture and be prepared for gusts while driving.

It’s getting windier, then warmer, Santa Cruzans.

Wind gusts of upwards of 35 mph in the Santa Cruz Mountains are forecast Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday, with gusts in the 25-mph range along parts of the Santa Cruz County coast, National Weather Service forecasters are predicting.

High temperates in Santa Cruz County on Tuesday are expected to reach 65 in Aptos and Capitola, 66 in Santa Cruz, 67 in Scotts Valley and 68 in Watsonville.

The winds aren’t expected to be prolonged enough to warrant high wind advisories and warnings, though the weather service is advising residents to secure outdoor furniture and be prepared for gusts while driving.

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“Winds begin to diminish on Wednesday, yet temperatures will continue on a warming trend” throughout the Bay Area and Central Coast according to the NWS. “Look for mid-upper 60s region-wide, with lower 70s for many interior locations by Wednesday afternoon.”

After another round of high winds, things will cool a bit Thursday before another warming trend over the weekend, with “temperatures warming into the 70s for much of the region on Saturday and Sunday.”

No rain is in the forecast through the rest of this week.

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