Blue skies, green grass and rare sunlight highlighted the past weekend in Arcata and the rest of Humboldt County, but rainfall will returns this week. (Shomik Mukherjee — The Times-Standard)
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As winter starts to taper off this week, residents across Humboldt County can expect temperatures hovering around the mid- to upper-50 degree range.

While the inland parts of the county could see temperatures in the 60s and even 70s, the coastline’s marine layer will keep coastal cities in the 50s with multiple chances of precipitation.

Light rainfall is expected Tuesday afternoon near the coast. After a two-day break, a more significantly rainy system is projected to hit the coast for most of the late week and weekend. William Iwasko, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said rainfall near the end of the week isn’t likely to produce flooding or even stormy weather.

“It will be a typical rain system,” Iwasko said. “Nothing like the heavy rain we saw at the end of February.”

Wind speeds this week should also remain low at around the 5 to 10 mile-per-hour range, he added.

Higher temperatures and steady sunlight throughout the past weekend might inspire hopes of springtime, but the wintertime pattern isn’t over yet.

“By no means have we transitioned out of the wet season yet,” Iwasko said. “Rain will remain possible for at least a couple more weeks.”

Typically, he added, the rain will finally start to wind down near the end of March or beginning of April. But it varies every year and “it’s too far ahead right now to tell,” Iwasko said.

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

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