The freezing temperatures experienced by much of the North Coast this week have been pushed out by a high pressure system that is expected to bring more seasonal temperatures, according to National Weather Service officials.
This weekend along the coast, the highs will be in the mid-50s, and lows in the mid- to upper-30s, meteorologist Michael Stroz said. Inland areas are expected to dip down to the 20s and 30s at night, and reach the 50s during the day.
”In the daytime, we'll be close to normal. At night, at or slightly below but no cold snap like we saw a few days ago,” Stroz said.
Earlier this week, Eureka reached a low of 29 degrees or colder eight consecutive nights, according to NWS. The annual record for temperatures below 30 also was broken with 11 days in 2013. The previous record was set in 1949.
Normal highs are about 55 degrees in Eureka, with a low of about 41 degrees this time of year, Stroz said. Farther inland areas typically see lows in the mid-30s and highs in the mid-50s.
The cold front was caused by a large arctic air mass that traveled south from Canada, Stroz said.
While the chilly temperatures may have moved out, the dry weather is predicted to stay into next week.
Less than a tenth-of-an-inch of rain was forecast for Thursday night into this morning, but the next good chance of rain won't be for another week.
”You get your wet periods, dry periods, hot periods and cold periods, and we're in the dry period,” Stroz said.
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