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Breezy weather causes no major problems
Like a gargantuan centipede from the sky, a giant roll of wind-whipped cumulus clouds seems to extend its menacing claws to the trees and houses on the ground. This picture was captured Tuesday evening from the fields along South Airport Way and Woodward Avenue in Manteca where wind gusts reached 35 miles per hour. - photo by ROSE ALBANO RISSO
Today’s mostly sunny skies and warmer temperatures will be tempered by wind gusts of up to 21 miles per hour through the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

That’s a remarkable contrast from the high winds that buffeted the area on Tuesday when strong northwest winds of up to 35 miles per hour in the early evening whipped Manteca and the surrounding countryside and sent grazing cows in the fields around Airport Way and Woodward Avenue scampering. The brunt of the destruction wreaked by the strong winds appeared to have spared the San Joaquin Valley, with most of Tuesday’s weather-related bad news happening in the Bay area where strong winds that reportedly reached 60 mph in some areas were blamed for the closure of the San Mateo bridge following a big-rig crash, toppled down trees and knocked down power lines which left thousands of PG&E customers without power, according to various radio and television reports.

The breezy weather will continue through the evening with winds up to 21 mph but will decrease after midnight, according to the forecast from the National Weather Service. Today’s cooler temperatures of 56 to 66 degrees will be followed by warmer sunny weather through Sunday when the highs are predicted to hit the low-to-mid 80 degrees.

The extended forecast through Tuesday next week does not include any precipitation, which leaves the season’s total rain of 8.86 inches.