Sunset at Crescent Beach in Del Norte County signals a warmer, drier week ahead up and down the coastline. (Shomik Mukherjee — The Times-Standard)

Humboldt County will see higher temperatures and close to no rain starting Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.

Coastal areas will likely see highs ranging from the mid-60-degree range to potentially the mid-70s starting Wednesday following a cooler start to the week. Inland parts of the county, meanwhile, are expected to have highs starting in the mid-60s and winding up close to 80 degrees.

With no rainfall through the weekend — past a wet Monday — weather trends appear to be shifting county-wide.

“We’re generally going into what we expect to be the warmer part of the year,” said Jonathan Garner, a National Weather Service meteorologist. “In the mid-to-late spring, we’ll still have chances of showers and occasional storm systems in the area, but we are heading toward a drier part of the year.”

But highs nearing 75 degrees in the middle of April are still relatively “anomalous,” he added. The marine layer of the atmosphere near the coast typically suppresses temperatures until the summer months.

Wind speeds bordered on “extreme” last week, but this week, winds will taper off following a gusty Monday.

A substantial swell will set in near the coast at the start of the week, Garner said. The chance of sneaker waves, or unexpectedly large swells near coastal jetties, appears unlikely.

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

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