Rain to clear up as week progresses

After the repetitive forecast of rain over the past few weeks, weather is expected to improve Thursday and become partly sunny with highs in the low 80s.

There still is a 30 percent chance of showers today, although the weather is expected to continue to improve throughout the week, according to Craig Evanego, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College.

Although 30 percent may sound like a lot, Evanego said it actually is a fairly low chance.

“It’s an outside chance, nothing widespread,” he noted.

Thursday and Friday should see highs in the 80s with a good deal of sunshine, the meteorologist said. Lows will hover in the mid-50s both nights.

The area has been in a wetter-than-normal pattern, which has been repeating over the past few weeks, he said.

“We can’t seem to break out of it. There’s no really big chances of rain through next week, so hopefully we can break the pattern,” he added.

Saturday’s forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of showers late in the day with highs in the low 80s and lows in the low 60s.

A 30 percent chance of showers returns for Sunday, the day of the playoff game, with highs in the low 80s.

The excessive amount of rain the area has experienced this summer has brought with it health issues. Like the Williamsport Area School District, the schools in State College are dealing with mold problems in some of their buildings due to the excess moisture, Evanego said.

The state Department of Environmental Protection is continuing to spray for mosquitos to try to prevent West Nile virus, which he said can be attributed to the wetness and standing water from all of the rain serving as breeding areas for the insects.