Freeze watch covers Taft and entire valley. Highs will be in the 40s for a couple of days

The weather for Monday night's Christmas parade should be just fine with crisp, cool and clear weather, but its going to get cold – very cold – soon.

The first real taste of winter is coming by midweek when a strong arctic cold front moves through the area, dropping overnight lows in the Taft area below freezing and keeping daytime highs around 50.

The National Weather Service has already issued a hard freeze watch for the entire southern and central San Joaquin Valley that goes into effect Wednesday night and continues through Saturday morning.

The weather for the parade should be cold with lows dropping into the 50s after sunset after an afternoon high around 68.

The first change in the weather will be felt on Tuesday when the first in a pair of cold systems moves through the area, bringing a 30 percent chance of showers, breezy conditions and a 10-degree drop in temperatures.

Tuesday's high is expected to stay below 60.

A chance of showers lingers into Tuesday night with a low in the upper 30s.

Wednesday will be clear and chilly with a high near 50, and the freezing temperatures kick in overnight Wednesday into Thursday with a low in Taft around 31, followed by a cold day Thursday with a high only reaching 45 degrees and more frost expected overnight Thursday.

Temperatures are expected to warm only slightly by the weekend.