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Last Map Update: Fri, Sep. 18, 2020 at 2:16:10 pm PDT

National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area, CANational Weather Service San Joaquin Valley, CANational Weather Service Las Vegas, NV
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National Weather Service Honolulu, HINational Weather Service San Diego, CANational Weather Service San Diego, CA

Wildfire activity over the region has led to smoky skies for much of Southwest Califorina, especially for areas near the Bobcat fire north of Arcadia. The smoky conditions are expected to continue through Friday, and should improve over the weekend. Use common sense to assess the air quality, if you smell smoke or it looks smoky outside, limit your time outdoors. Also check your local air quality at AirNow.gov. Air quality is more likely to be poor near a wildfire, and keep in mind that air quality can fluctuate hour by hour. Breathing in smoke can aggravate lung disease, cause asthma attacks, cause acute bronchitis, and increase the risk of respiratory infections. Avoid prolonged exposure, especially for sensitive populations such as children, elderly, and people with respiratory or heart disease. Avoid strenuous activities and keep up to date on conditions so you can seek shelter if conditions worsen.
Gusty northwest to northeast winds will impact portions of the Santa Barbara South Coast late this afternoon through early Saturday morning. Initially northwest to north winds will develop across the western portion of the Santa Barbara South Coast west of Gaviota. Winds will then shift to the north to northeast later in the evening and overnight hours favoring the hills of Montecito. Peak wind gusts between 35 and 45 mph will be common in the wind prone areas, but isolated gusts to 50 mph are possible, especially between Gaviota and Refugio tonight. Hazardous driving conditions due to strong cross-winds are likely.

 

 

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