East Beach in Santa Barbara with Stearns Wharf in the background.
East Beach in Santa Barbara offered some relief Wednesday from sweltering temperatures that are expected to last through Thursday. Those heading to the shoreline are encouraged to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Brooke Holland / Noozhawk photo)

Sweltering temperatures are expected Wednesday and Thursday in Santa Barbara County, prompting forecasters to issue a Heat Advisory.

Temperatures are forecasted to be in the upper-80s along the coast, and into the mid-90s in inland and mountain areas, according to the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

The Heat Advisory will remain in effect until 9 p.m. Thursday.

Residents are urged to drink plenty of fluids, stay in air-conditioned rooms if possible, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

There will be some cooling overnight, with lows expected in the upper-40s.

Things are expected to cool off by Friday, with high temperatures dropping 10-15 degrees.

Northwest winds of about 15 mph are expected, with gusts to 20 mph.

Click here for the latest forecast from the National Weather Service.

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton can be reached at tbolton@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.