By JOSEPH STENDER
It's turning out to be an above-average June in terms of rainfall, and a few more showers could arrive this week, according to the National Weather Service in State College.
Michael Toner, 3, son of Robert and Martha Reed, of Turbotville, takes advantage of strong winds on Sunday afternoon by flying a kite with his family in a parking lot near Panera Bread on Basin Street.
The area received about 1 inch of rain last week, which added to rainfall totals that are keeping June a little less than one inch above this month's average. The state saw about 2 to 3 inches of rain in some parts last week.
"It's been a fairly wet week overall," said meteorologist David Martin on last week's weather.
So far this month, the area has received 2.86 inches of rain. Martin said the average for this time of June is 1.94 inches.
But despite the recent wet weather, Williamsport is behind the yearly average up to this point on the calendar. Martin reported the area is about 1.42 inches behind the average rainfall for the year.
The rain could impact the weather in the coming months as summer begins Friday. Martin explained that since the ground is so saturated from the rain, things will stay fairly cool even with warmer days ahead.
As warmer temperatures come, it will create more clouds and a better chance of rain, he said.
He added that it may take a bit longer to have the traditional summer heat.
"It would take a good stretch of hot weather for things to dry out," Martin said.
Temperatures should begin to heat up as Friday nears. Martin reported the area could hit the high 70s today, with a 20-percent chance of thunderstorms. Tuesday has a better chance of adding to June's rain totals with a 40-percent chance of showers.
The area should begin to get a break from the rain starting Wednesday and the rest of the week is expected to stay in the upper 70s to low 80s.
A 30-percent chance of rain with temperatures in the low 80s will round out the weekend.
Looking at the next 30 days, Martin said temperatures should be close to average. And, as the forecast projects into the rest of summer, he said mid- to late August could bring higher than normal temperatures.