The calendar says it’s the middle of winter, but summer-like weather is on tap for Santa Barbara County through this week.
National Weather Service forecasters are calling for daytime highs to rise from the low- to mid-70s on Monday into the low- to mid-80s by Thursday.
The unseasonably warm conditions are due to a persistent high-pressure system and offshore flow along the West Coast, according to the National Weather Service in Oxnard.
“Near record high temperatures are possible during the peak of the heat between Wednesday and Friday,” according to the forecast discussion from the National Weather Service.
Gusty winds also are possible Monday night, and between Tuesday night and Thursday.
Santa Barbara is expected to hit a high around 70 on Monday, rising to about 80 on Thursday, before dropping to the upper-70s on the weekend.
The Santa Ynez Valley and other inland locations could see highs that are 8-10 degrees above those levels.
Overnight lows should be in the low-40s.
Sunny skies are predicted through the period.
There is no rain in the forecast for at least the next week.
Click here for the latest forecast from the National Weather Service.