Forecast calls for a mostly dry week; fire weather mostly outside of the county

It was clear on Sunday in Eureka as someone walked down the street past Pierson’s on Broadway. (Esther Kennedy — Contributed)
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It’s going to be another dry week, said a local meteorologist on Sunday afternoon, noting the forecast was becoming a bit of “a broken record.”

It’s not completely dry, though, said Alex Dodd of the National Weather Service Eureka office. There is some moisture expected early in the week.

“We’ve got another chance of rain coming in starting later in the day (Monday), probably holding off until after sunset,” he said. “Looks like another light rainfall similar to that system we had a the end of last week.”

He said there likely won’t be more than about one-tenth of an inch of rain “at most.”

The rest of the week is expected to be dry with temperatures in the mid- to high 50s in coastal regions. Those areas will have lows in the mid- to high 30s overnight, although, Dodd added he would not be surprised if there was a frost advisory issued mid-week.

Southern parts of the county such as Garberville could see higher highs and lower lows, with days reaching the low to mid-60s and overnight temperatures around freezing. Eastern parts of the county, such as Willow Creek, will see similar temperatures with week with highs in the low to mid-60s and overnight lows in the 30s.

There is a fire weather watch advisory issued primarily for areas outside of Humboldt County.

“Offshore winds are forecast to develop across the higher elevations of the North Bay and East Bay beginning late Tuesday night, and continuing during the day on Wednesday,” the advisory stated Sunday. “These offshore winds in combination with low relative humidity values will likely lead to critical fire weather conditions.”

Dodd said it would likely only effect the “extreme southeast portions of the county” at most.

Dodd cautioned that those driving inland should take some precautions.

“People should continue to be safe if they are heading inland with not starting their car on the grass, staying off dry grass and not running lawnmowers on dry grass,” he said.

Dodd also said the marine forecast could bring some gale force winds late Tuesday and into Wednesday, but said the weather over the water would calm down after that.

For more up-to-date weather information, go to www.weather.gov/eureka.

Ruth Schneider can be reached at 707-441-0520.

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