A small breeze picked up on Tuesday and we’ll see it again on Wednesday. But the big-time wind arrives by Thursday.
Wednesday will be mostly cloudy, but the clouds will be high, thin clouds. Highs will be in the low 70s for most areas, and the breeze will blow from the southeast at 15-20 mph.
A slight chance of rain exists on Thursday morning ahead of a cold front. One or two showers will be possible early, but the big impacts of this front won’t involve rain. Once the cold front moves through, low humidity will move in and the winds will pick up dramatically. Winds will be blowing at 30-35 mph, and in some cases wind gusts will top 45 mph. You’ll want to secure any loose items, especially Christmas decorations that may blow away.
The strong winds will send seas up to 5-7 feet for the nearshore waters and 8-12 feet further offshore. This is why a Gale Watch will go into effect.
A Fire Weather Watch will be valid on Thursday as the humidity drops significantly, leaving us with very dry air. Also, with winds blowing so strong, any fires that were to start would spread very quickly.
The winds will relax a tad for Friday, but the air will get even drier. You’ll definitely need some chapstick to wrap up the week. Highs will be in the mid-60s with sunny skies.