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More rain expected this week

July 09, 2003|by JENNIFER SMITS

jennifers@herald-mail.com

July has been hot so far this year, but the National Weather Service predicts seasonal temperatures and more rain for the rest of the week.

Andy Woodcock, a lead forecaster with the National Weather Service, said there are no 90-degree days forecast through next Monday, with highs expected to average in the mid-80s.

He said that so far the average high and low temperatures recorded at Dulles Airport for this month have been 85 degrees and 68 degrees respectively, which is normal for July.

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Woodcock said that rainfall has been slightly above average so far this month but that it is hard to predict whether July rainfall will be in line with the high rainfall of May and June.

According to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer's Web site - www.i4weather.net - 1.14 inches of rain have fallen so far in July and the average rainfall for the month is 3.33 inches.

"We've been running above average for the past several months. Who's to say it won't continue," Woodcock said.

According to Keefer's Web site, May was the wettest May on record, with 8.21 inches of precipitation. Last month, 7.99 inches of rain fell, making it the seventh wettest June on record.

Woodcock said there is a chance of rain each day through Friday of this week, but Saturday and Sunday should be sunny.

"If you can bear with me through the week, you can really party on the weekend," he said.

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