Wilting crops and brown lawns in the Hagerstown area may get some relief this week if National Weather Service predictions of rain showers through Friday are on target.
Tuesday's temperature reached 82 degrees and was comfortable with low humidity. A brief shower around 7 p.m. produced only a trace of rain in some areas, forecasters said.
Temperatures for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday should be in the 80s with showers predicted each day.
The expected rainfall may be welcomed by farmers and gardeners but is not expected to be enough to ease the widespread drought, forecasters said.
Hagerstown has received 1.6 inches of rain so far this month, according to Hagerstown Weather Observer Greg Keefer's Web Site. Normally, about 3 inches fall during August.