Thunderstorms, rain showers could reach SLO County. Here’s a look at the forecast

Laura Dickinson/ldickinson@thetribunenews.com
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On Wednesday, San Luis Obispo County could see its first rainfall since April — and that’s not all.

Thunderstorms are also in the weather forecast into the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

The forecast could peter out, however, as there’s only a 20% chance of any precipitation, according to the Weather Service.

The system of subtropical moisture will produce high-level clouds, according to a Twitter post by local PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey.

Lindsey also noted in his post that the system is mainly going to be in the eastern regions of San Luis Obispo County.

The thunderstorms, while perhaps bringing much-needed moisture to the drought-parched area, mean there’s an elevated wildfire risk, the Weather Service warned in an advisory on Tuesday.

Dry lightning strikes could spark fires in the region, which hasn’t seen rain in months, the Weather Service warned.

Temperatures for the rest of the week are expected to continue to be hot, especially in the North County.

Paso Robles will likely see the mercury rise into the high 90s on Thursday and Saturday, while reaching a predicted 93 degrees on Friday, according to the Weather Service.

San Luis Obispo is expected to cool off a bit as the week continues, seeing temps fall into the low 80s by Thursday and through the weekend.

How to prepare for extreme heat in San Luis Obispo County

San Luis Obispo County Office of Emergency Services has several tips to help residents prepare for extreme heat:

  • Find places where you can go to get cool.

  • Keep your home cool by doing the following:

    • Cover windows with drapes or shades.

    • Weather-strip doors and windows.

    • Use window reflectors, such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.

    • Add insulation to keep the heat out.

    • Use attic fans to clear hot air.

    • Install window air conditioners and insulate around them.

  • Learn to recognize the signs of heat-related illness.