Hot weather will remain in Santa Barbara County for another day or so before things start cooling down on Wednesday and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.
“[Tuesday] is the last hot day, and it should be dropping five to seven degrees, struggling to get up to 80 degrees Wednesday,” meteorologist Eric Boldt told Noozhawk.
Thursday is expected to be the coolest day of the week, Boldt said, with daytime highs in the low- to mid-70s throughout most of the county, with cooler temperatures likely to remain through the weekend.
The Santa Ynez Valley is seeing much warmer weather however, with highs in the 90s through Wednesday, and cooling starting on Thursday, with an anticipated high of 85.
The thermometer topped out at 93 degrees Monday at the Santa Barbara Airport, the official recording site for Santa Barbara.
Other highs Monday included 100 in Lompoc, 97 in Santa Ynez, 90 in Montecito, 89 in Buellton, 82 in Santa Maria, and 81 in Carpinteria, according to the National Weather Service.
The National Weather Service has issued Excessive Heat Warnings in the Santa Ynez Mountains and in the Santa Barbara County interior mountains. These warning have been in effect since Monday morning, and will continue through 8 p.m. Tuesday.
A Heat Advisory is also in effect in the Santa Ynez Valley through 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Santa Barbara County can expect to see morning clouds again starting Wednesday, Boldt said, particularly in the coastal areas.
Wind Advisories are also in effect through 3 a.m. Tuesday in the Santa Barbara southwestern coast and in the Santa Ynez mountains western range.