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Records fall as Central Coast endures early autumn heat wave

National Weather Service
Greenfield's 109 degree reading on Monday afternoon was 4 degrees above the city's 1963 record for September 26.

A gradual cooling trend is expected to kick in on Tuesday, following another day of record-breaking heat along the Central Coast Monday afternoon. 

San Luis Obispo tied a record high of 104 degrees on Monday according to Meteorologist John Lindsey with PG&E.

Paso Robles had reached 102 around 3:30 p.m., shy of a record.

In Santa Barbara County, Santa Maria hit a record with 101. Roughly 7700 Santa Maria, Pioneer Valley and Righetti High School Students will go home early on Tuesday as the forecast calls for temperatures to rise into the mid 90s. On Monday they went home early as part of a regularly-scheduled minimum day.

Santa Barbara hit 100 degrees at the airport Monday, a few degrees shy of its record.

In Monterey County, the City of Greenfield hit a high of 109 at 4:00 on Monday, breaking the old record of 105 set back in 1963.

Tuesday is expected to see temperatures well above normal, but cooler than Monday. Then on Wednesday, look for temperatures to fall by 5 to 15 degrees from Monday's highs, most dramatically in the coastal valleys like San Luis Obispo.