Temperate days, cool nights ahead

Those preparing to pick strawberries, ride bicycles after work or attend a parade at a carnival, such as Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department holds this week, are in luck.

An upper trough will dominate the region with generally cooler and drier conditions prevailing through the week, according to the National Weather Service forecasting center in State College.

Wet weather will return in late week as a new system approaches, but that likely won’t happen until Friday.

Once again, the region is below normal for rain but not so much that it has farmers or the municipal authorities monitoring reservoirs fearing. Strawberries plants appear to be sprouted out of their holding places and ready for picking in two or three weeks.

The region has had 12.57 inches of rain and wet precipitation since Jan. 1, which is 2.59 inches below normal, as of Sunday.

Last year at this time the region had 13.2 inches of precipitation for the year.

It’s also been a slow start for rain this month, with the region being 0.25 inches below normal for early in June. That could change this weekend, however, with a new system of scattered showers possible.

Meanwhile, those who had been using air conditioning as a blast of heat and humidity struck starting last Thursday and continuing into the weekend, can turn it off at night.

Tonight, the low temperature is supposed to be about 47 degrees. Tuesday also appears to be nice, with sunny conditions and a high near 73. The low Tuesday night will be 48.

Again, Wednesday also appears to be clear and sun-filled, with a high near 77.

Thursday’s forecast shows a 30 percent chance of showers and a high near 71.

Friday appears to be a day when scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible, with a high near 72. The showers will continue Friday night, with a low near 60.

Saturday also looks unpromising for outdoor activities, with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible, with a high near 75.