(dailynews.com) While a two-day drencher snarled freeways and sent mud and debris sliding down burned, barren hillsides, forecasters say rain clouds will move out and warm temperatures will move in for the rest of the week.

Mostly clear skies are expected for Wednesday and will continue into the week, when temperatures could reach as high as 80 degrees or more in some parts of Southern California by the weekend, said Ryan Kittell, meteorologist for the National Weather Services, based in Oxnard.

The warm-up isn’t unusual for this time of year here, he said, but it will feel like it after the recent winter storm that dumped an average 1.5 inches of rain in parts of the region. Some places were looking at 2 to 3-inch total rainfall so far, this season by the end of Tuesday.

 “It’ll get dryer each day as we get to the weekend,” Kittell said.

And while that might feel good, it won’t do the region much good, since the recent rains did little to alleviate what could be an otherwise bone-dry winter.

“It was a classic winter storm for our area,” Kittell said, but by around this time of the rainy season in the Los Angeles area, the average is about 5 inches. The average rainfall for the whole season in the Los Angeles area is 14.93 inches.

“We may be get a little bit more,” Kittell said, “but we’re still at a deficit for a rain year. We still have a big hold to dig out of. We don’t get powerful winter storms everyday.”

Wednesday’s highs are expected to reach 64 degrees over the Los Angeles area and in most of Orange County. Thursday will be sunny, with a high near 73. Friday’s temperatures will reach 76 while Saturday and Sunday will see highs of 81.

Similar temperatures are expected in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. In the South Bay and Long Beach areas, temperatures will be just a couple of degrees cooler.