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Record-breaking heat hits Central Coast, reservoirs remain low


Central Coast residents saw record-breaking temperatures on Tuesday as a high pressure system remained parked overhead, not unlike the atmospheric conditions of the past few winters.

Coastal regions were warmer than inland valleys in some cases.


  • Santa Barbara, 85 (breaks record of 81 set in 2006)
  • Santa Maria, 87 (breaks record of 83 set in 2006)

Other warmer than normal temps around the region on Tuesday included San Luis Obispo at 87 and Morro Bay with a high of 80.
At 75 degrees, Paso Robles was well below it's record high of 81. 

The National Weather Service said Tuesday that temperatures will remain above normal through the week. Forecasters said any foreseeable chance for rain likely won't happen until much later in the month.


Reservoirs on the Central Coast remain below seasonal averages, despite a series of storms since the first of the year.

A report given to the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday said storage levels edged up a bit in January, but have a long way to go still.

Lisa Howe is an administrative analyst for the County and said the lake readings are a reminder to residents that "we're not out of the woods yet."

The County Supervisors have been receiving these lake level reports monthly since declaring a local drought emergency back in March of 2014.

The report included the following reservoir statistics:

  • Nacimiento is at 21 percent of capacity (78,785 acre feet)
  • Whale Rock is at 35 percent (13,809 acre feet)
  • Lopez is at 29 percent (14,204 acre feet)
  • Salinas is at 13 percent (3,094 acre feet)