Rain may end

The recent spate of wet weather should taper off this afternoon and hold off for a pleasant if not festive Sunday.

“We should see morning clouds give way to a partly sunny afternoon, with just a 20-percent chance of a lingering shower,” said Craig Evanego, meteorologist at the State College bureau of the National Weather Service.

A high in the mid-70s is expected for this afternoon, with a partly cloudy low in the mid-50s tonight.

Those going out to the annual Billtown Blues Fest in Hughesville or the Ways Garden Art Show and Trinity Episcopal Church strawberry festival should have good weather for outdoor activity. Gates for the blues festival open at 11 a.m. at the Hughesville Fairgrounds. The art show starts at 11 a.m. at the garden at West Fourth and Maynard streets and the strawberry festival across the street begins at 11:30 a.m.

Also on Sunday is the annual strawberry festival of the Warrior Run Fort Freeland Heritage Society, starting at 11 a.m. at Warrior Run Church in Turbotville.

“Sunday we’re looking for partly to mostly sunny skies, with another 20-percent chance of an afternoon shower or thunderstorm,” Evanego said.

The expected high for Sunday is in the low 80s, with it cooling down into the low 60s by nighttime.

Wetness will likely return with the work week.

“We’ll have a good chance of showers and thunderstorms by Monday afternoon, with a high in the upper 70s,” Evanego said.

Williamsport still is low on precipitation for the year. Through Thursday, the latest day for which the National Weather Service had records available, 12.92 inches of precipitation have been recorded this year. The average is 15.66 inches.

“That’s a not insignificant number, but there’s no talk of drought yet,” Evanego said. “On the long-term forecast, it looks a little more unsettled than it has been, so that’s good for helping out with dryness. We should have a few different chances of rain next week.”