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Record-breaking cold temperatures chill Northern California

California record lows

Frosty weather sent chills through Northern California and slashed records Monday as temperatures dipped into the icy 20s.

Temperatures weren’t as cold as they had been in Alturas, Calif., which registered minus 3 degrees Sunday, and Bogard, east of Lassen National Park, which had dipped to minus 11 degrees.

But the weather was cold enough to break records in Redding and Red Bluff.

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“Redding and Red Bluff have already broken their record lows for the date, and most other valley sites are currently within a couple degrees of setting record lows,” the National Weather Service in Sacramento said in a statement.

Redding clocked in at 27 degrees, which is three degrees colder than the previous record of 30 degrees set in 2006, according to the weather service.

Temperatures reached 28 degrees in Red Bluff, one degree below the old record of 29 degrees set in 2006.

An offshore cold front was to blame for the freezing temperatures over the weekend that continued into Monday.

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The cold system was expected to weaken Monday, but it could bring light showers to portions of Northern California. Dry conditions will return Tuesday with temperatures slightly warming up.

In Central California, a storm from the Gulf of Alaska will bring the large northwest swell through Tuesday. Surf could reach 12 feet with the potential for higher sets on northwest and west-facing beaches.

Inexperienced swimmers and surfers were urged to stay out of the water because of dangerous rip currents and sneaker waves, the weather service warned.

By Thursday, widespread rain, snow and wind could return to Northern California. A high pressure system moving into Southern California this weekend will produce warm and dry conditions.

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