Rain, above-average temperatures coming

After a wet start to the week, sunny skies and above average temperatures will prevail for the local area.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a 100 percent chance of rain today into this evening.

And, the rain could be heavy at times.

“I don’t think we are talking about flooding or anything like that,” said forecaster Kevin Fitzgerald. “By afternoon, I think the rain will start and then taper off overnight into Tuesday.

Some areas could see up to an inch of rain, he added.

Fitzgerald said an area of low pressure from the Gulf of Mexico pushing northward into the Ohio Valley is bringing the rain.

“We average about an inch of rain this time of year,” he said.

The high temperature Monday will be 52 degrees. There’s a 40 percent chance of showers Tuesday. Rainfall amounts could measure between a quarter to a half-inch. The high will reach 53. The rest of the week looks dry.

Wednesday will bring mostly sunny skies and a high of 52. It will be mostly clear overnight with a low of 33. Thursday is expected to be the warmest day of the week. Sunny skies will push the thermometer to 64 degrees. Friday will be partly and Saturday mostly sunny with high temperatures in the low 60s.

Evening lows through the period will be in the 40s.