Week starts off rainy; lots of sun ahead

After simply a gorgeous sunny weekend, “two bands of showers” will be moving in to make it a wet Monday, but we’ll see plenty of sunshine in the days ahead, according to David Martin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College.

Also, all indications point to lots of sun for the coming weekend as well, Martin said.

Isolated thunderstorms are expected to move into the region from the south later this afternoon. A second band of showers are due tonight when the chance of rain jumps from 70 percent to between 80 and 90 percent, Martin said.

“Still, we’re likely to see intervals of sun” during the early part of day, he said.

The rain will likely move on by early Tuesday morning, but there still is a slight chance of a sprinkle or two during the early part of the day, Martin said, adding that the rest of the day as well as Wednesday will be “mostly dry with sunny” skies both afternoons.

“A cold front is moving in on Thursday from the midwest. It will be mostly cloudy and overcast, with a 70 percent chance of showers,” Martin said.

High temperatures throughout the week will range from the low to mid 70s, he said, “We’re not looking at any possible heat waves,” Martin said.

“The temperatures we’ll be seeing this week are pretty normal for this time of year,” he said. Overnight lows will range from the low to the mid 50s.

Whatever rain the area receives on Thursday is expected to be long gone by Friday, which calls for mostly sunny skies with highs in the low to mid 70s, Martin said. The forecast is the same for Saturday. By Sunday, there is a 30 percent chance that showers could return, he added.