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After a long hot summer that included the second-hottest July on record, Bakersfield is in for some cooler temperatures, with highs forecast to only be in the low- to mid-80s for the next five days before high temps edge closer to 90 on Tuesday.

Can it be true?

Bakersfield's high temperature is expected to reach just 84 degrees Thursday. Yes, you read that right. Eighty. Four.

At last, a cool change is coming to the southern San Joaquin Valley, and the trend should last nearly a week before temps even dare to climb back into the low-90s.

After a long, hot summer, a cool change is upon us. And unless you're crazy about those triple digits, the cool down is worth celebrating.

Brian Ochs, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Hanford station, sounded just like a weather scientist as he discussed the changes Wednesday.

"We're seeing a cooling onshore flow coming from a trough of low pressure in the Pacific-Northwest," Ochs said.

Onshore flow describes the movement of air moving toward the shore. In this case, that air movement is the daily sea breeze. And the San Joaquin Valley is getting a piece of it.

"Temperatures are lowering quite a bit," Ochs said.

Thursday's high is forecast to be 83 to 84 degrees, Ochs said, and Friday is expected to stay about the same. 

Local bassist Ray Sadolsky suggested on Facebook that Thursday evening will be perfect for listening to his band Warfield, scheduled to perform a free show at the Marketplace fountain from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The weekend will be almost as good, Ochs said, with the high temperature expected to climb by just one degree — to 85 — on both Saturday and Sunday.

Monday's high in Bakersfield is expected to pop up another degree, to a nice 86, making the return to work quite pleasant, except for the urge to play another day many are sure to feel.

Finally, by Tuesday, temperatures will flirt with the high-80s or low-90s. Nothing like the dog days locals have been enduring.

In fact, July was the second-warmest July on average Bakersfield has seen. And while August wasn't that extreme, the month's average temperature was more than two degrees above normal, according to an analysis from Ochs.

But that was then and this is now.

"Hallelujah!" attorney Steven Gibbs said on Facebook in reaction to the cool news.

"Tomorrow I'll throw on a sweatshirt for my morning walk, and pray we will be rewarded for our summer's misery with an early fall," said veteran journalist Lisa Kimble.

Sounds good, Lisa, though a sweatshirt might be pushing it.

Steven Mayer can be reached at 661-395-7353. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter: @semayerTBC.

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