After nine consecutive days of bitter, frosty mornings and overnight temperatures well below freezing, the North Bay is in for a bit of a warming trend, with practically balmy daytime temperatures in store for next week, the National Weather Service said.
Overnight lows should remain in the mid to high 30s for the foreseeable future, but at least they're expected to exceed 32 degrees, meteorologist Steve Anderson said.
Where this week was all about hats, scarves and fur-lined boots, if you had them, the week before Christmas should be almost like spring, with clear, sunny skies. Temperatures are forecast to reach a high of 63 degrees on Sunday.
"We're out of the deep freeze," Anderson said. "I wish I had better news with the rain," he added, "but, no rain."
The string of below-freezing nights was shorter than the 13 straight days last January in which temperatures fell below the freezing point in Santa Rosa and surrounding areas.
But the temperatures dropped lower this month than at the beginning of the year. Lows averaged about 24.5 degrees for the past nine days — more than three degrees colder than the average from those 13 days in January.
As temperatures inch up, "there will be cold pockets out there," Anderson said, "but generally the vast majority should be 32 or warmer."