Clouds hang in the sky east of downtown Bakersfield. Eye Street is in the foreground and 19th Street at lower left.

A blast of cooler weather this week is expected to give way to temperatures reaching the upper 80s by Sunday.

Lows in the mid- to-upper-40s are forecast for Bakersfield through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Highs will be in the mid-60s, with the exception of Wednesday, which is expected to have a high of 73. 

These cooler days are a result of a storm system originating in the Gulf of Alaska that will bring scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms to much of the San Joaquin Valley, according to the National Weather Service. 

Still, it's nothing that out of the ordinary for this time of year. 

"It's cooler than normal, but not anything exceptionally cool," said meteorologist Jim Dudley. 

The end of the week should see temperatures rising. Friday is expected to have a high of 77 degree, Saturday a high of 84 and Sunday should top out at 86 degrees.

The normal high for Bakersfield this time of year is 75 degrees, Dudley said, with lows around 50. The record low for April 16 is 34 degrees. 

A chance of rain and snow showers were expected in the mountains Monday evening, but Dudley said the storms weren't expected to last long. 

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