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Area to see rainy first week of May

William McConnell, chairperson of the Brandon Park Commission, talks about the 2020-2021 honors and memorial trees, during the Arbor Day 2012 ceremony at the Brandon Park in Williamsport on Friday afternoon. The ceremony was a joint program of the city of Williamsport and the Brandon Park Commission.

That umbrella is going to be needed for much of this week.

On the heels of Arbor Day (the last Friday in April), rain is in the forecast for certainly the first part of the week, according to Amanda Wagner, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College.

There is a 75 percent of showers for this afternoon, and the rain is expected to continue through part of Tuesday and all Wednesday, when we are likely to receive “a soaking “ throughout the day, Wagner said.

“It has been mostly dry, and there are no flooding concerns,” she said.

By the time Thursday rolls around, the sun is likely to come out, especially in the morning, but clouds will move in by the afternoon, she said. The day should remain mostly dry as should Friday. There is only 30 percent chance of showers on Friday.

“Temperatures will barely reach 60 degrees on Friday,” she said. More likely the high might just be mid to upper 50s, so wear a jacket.

The rain the region is experiencing this week is coming from the southwest, an upper-level disturbance in the lower Mississippi Valley, according to the weather service.

The high all this week will likely be Tuesday with temperatures possibly reaching the low 80s, Wagner said. High temperatures for the remainder the week will hover from the mid-50s to lower 60s.

Except for Tuesday, overnight lows will be in the 40s for the most part. The low Tuesday will be high 50s.

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