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Forecasts call for below freezing temperatures later this week

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Posted: Monday, December 2, 2013 3:10 pm | Updated: 3:15 pm, Mon Dec 2, 2013.

The Lodi area is under a hard freeze watch beginning late Wednesday night through Saturday. Overnight temperatures could dip into the 20s for a series of days, according to AccuWeather, a private forecasting firm.

A hard freeze watch means subfreezing temperatures are possible. These conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation, including outdoor plants, the U.S. National Weather Service has warned.

To prepare, residents should wrap their outside pipes and bring outdoor plants inside, under a covered patio or place a lightweight sheet over them before going to bed tonight.

Daytime temperatures this week will also be considerable cooler. Today, the high is forecasted to be 56 degrees. However, both Wednesday’s and Thursday’s high temperatures are expected to be 49 degrees.

The San Joaquin County Public Health Service Department is warning residents that exposure to extreme cold can also cause injury or serious health concerns, especially for the vulnerable, senior citizens and infants. Tips for dealing with the cold include:

  • Have extra blankets on hand.
  • If you are without heat, go to a friend or family member’s house, or to a shelter.
  • When outside, wear several layers of lightweight clothing, a hat and mittens. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs from the chill.
  • If you must work outside, go at it slowly. Cold weather can put a strain on the heart.

The normal daytime temperature this time of year is in the mid-50s. However, this time of year in 2012 the average was 61 degrees, according to historical weather data.

Overnight temperatures hovered around 50 degrees.

This year, it could dip as low as 26 degrees overnight Wednesday, and 33 degrees overnight Thursday, AccuWeather has reported.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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