A very windy Sunday at the Eureka harbor won’t set the tone for the week — the National Weather Service predicts winds will be at manageable speeds as the New Year gets underway. (Shomik Mukherjee — The Times-Standard)

The National Weather Service in Eureka predicts temperatures across the county will drop into the 20-degree range after nightfall, since this week doesn’t look to be very rainy.

“When we don’t have clouds, the temperatures tank after the sun sets,” said NWS meteorologist Ryan Aylward.

Luckily, he added, there won’t be any rain to make things more confusing for nighttime drivers.

A rainier pattern is expected later in the week, but precipitation should be limited to light showers. Much of the stronger rain will impact Central and Southern California.

A separate storm system will park itself off the coast but appears to be shifting southward, Aylward said.

High temperatures for the first half of the week are projected to be in the low-to-mid 50s across the county. Closer to the weekend, high temperatures might even hit the 60s.

Winds, meanwhile, will be restricted to some light easterly gusts. Later in the week, they might rise to around 5-10 miles per hour.

“We’re continuing to see swells impacting the beaches,” Aylward said. “Be careful if you’re going to the beach.”

Shomik Mukherjee can be reached at 707-441-0504.

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