The nature around downtown Eureka had faced drier times over the past few months, which made weekend rainfall all the more welcome. (Shomik Mukherjee — The Times-Standard)
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Steady rainfall over the weekend isn’t necessarily the new normal in Humboldt County, though there could be more showers through mid-week, according to the National Weather Service.

The forecast indicates more rain overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday. The chance of an isolated thunderstorm does exist, but it’s more likely than not that the rainfall will be limited to showers.

Scott Carroll of the National Weather Service said Monday that things could dry back up by the end of the week.

“As far as the outlook goes, there’s nothing, at this point, pointing to higher-than-normal chances of rain,” Carroll said.

But the temperatures tell a different story. The forecast indicates a warmer month ahead, especially when it comes to overnight lows around the county.

Daily highs of mid-60 degrees in the coastal cities will remain in place, but overnight lows in places like Eureka and Arcata could rise from the current lows of around 50 degrees.

Nighttime lows in the interior areas, meanwhile, could be “a little on the warm side,” Carroll said.

This week’s rainfall will help marginally with wildfire potential, he added. The vegetation drying out around the inland and northern parts of the county could get a boost from the weekend splash, curbing the chances of dry brush or blazes.

“It definitely helps over the northern parts of the area,” Carroll said. “It’s a step in the right direction.”

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

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