Record-smashing temperatures on coast: Humboldt ends April on a high note

Humboldt County ended April on a high note with a record temperature for the day on the coast.

"We smashed the old record of 69 degrees in 2004 and hit 80 on Wednesday," said National Weather Service meteorologist Kathleen Lewis. "Even though we broke the record, it's not unusual for this time of year because of the dramatic weather patterns that we get during the transition from spring into summer."

With the rise in temperatures, Arcata Scoop experienced an increase in the number of daytime customers, employee Aylea Maxwell said.

"We're an ice cream shop, so we anticipate more business with the heat. It's a given," Maxwell said. "It was really busy on Tuesday -- but not overly insane -- and we've been having more groups during the day, and we gear up for the largest groups around 3 p.m. when school is out. I think everyone has been heading for the rivers to cool off."

Chris Kramer, manager of Ray's in Willow Creek, said he's seen an increase in business.

"We've got some people coming in from the coast for different scenery, and they're stopping by either before or after they go to the river," Kramer said. "I haven't heard anything about fishing increasing, but I think the store has more people coming in because they're hungry."

Lewis added that Wednesday was the peak of the heat, and temperatures will start to cool off to the normal 60 degrees by the weekend.

"The weekend will have temperatures in the upper 50s and 60s, and there is a 50 percent chance of rain on Sunday -- but the best chances will be farther north and across Del Norte County," Lewis said.

Contact Melissa Simon at 441-0508 or msimon@times-standard.com.

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