Low cloud cover made things chillier over the weekend at Samoa Beach, but the weather is about to get warmer. (Shomik Mukherjee — The Times-Standard)
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A warmer weather pattern is on the way across Humboldt County, a National Weather Service meteorologist said Sunday.

Low cloud cover will remain through the mid-week along the county’s coastline but highs on Thursday might surpass 70 degrees, said William Iwasko of the NWS. On the same day, interior parts of the county could see highs in the upper 70s and even low 80s.

Temperatures are projected to dip back down over the weekend, with highs again in the upper 50s. Overnight lows, meanwhile, appear to be warming from the upper 40s during the week to the 50s over the weekend.

As May continues, coastline temperatures will rise but the 70-degree mark will remain largely elusive.

“The water off the coast is in the lower 50s,” Iwasko said. “This is the air coming up off the ocean. It can’t warm up all that much with cooler ocean temperatures.”

A rain-free stretch will likely persist as the next week looks to be dry county-wide. Any chance of showers will mostly be limited to Mendocino and Trinity counties.

If there’s any rainfall at all, it’s likely to be over the next weekend, with light drizzles at that.

The summer months are hard to predict, but the extended NWS forecast currently shows that the summer season will be slightly warmer on average than in previous years.

Wind speeds will climb from 10 to 15 miles per hour to a range near 20 to 25 later this week, Iwasko said, adding that coastal areas may feel some “stronger gusts.”

“Some stronger northerly winds could deteriorate coastal conditions,” he said. “It will get a little windy.”

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

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