While wet, the region is still behind on total rainfall
The damp stretch of weather for the region continues for all but far northern areas. Folks in the crown of the state see a decent day with temps reaching the low 80s with variable sun & clouds around. South of Houlton is a different story as rain will be the main weather feature, along with some patchy fog in spots and a chance for a rumble of thunder.
A stationary frontal boundary has set anchor across southern New England. An area of low pressure moves eastward along it, and the result is light to heavy rain for much of the state through Sunday night.
While it appears to be a wet one for much of morning for southwestern areas, steady rain tapers to isolated showers by mid-afternoon. There is the chance the sun makes a cameo appearance later in the day. Rain tapers from southwest to northeast through the afternoon and just isolated showers remain over northern and eastern areas by late evening.
Expect areas of patchy fog to start off for Monday, with just isolated shower & storm activity possible at times through the day.
As damp as it has been for Maine since July 1st, the region continues to deal with effects of the dry spring.
Current year to date values versus normal with climatology data through July 17th:
While there has been marked improvement against the rainfall deficit since the start of the month, additional rainfall is needed to help bring balance to the water table and clear up the drought. Unfortunately, it is coming at the expense of our summer, and the unsettled pattern is expected to continue for the near future. At this point, I do not see where the state has an entirely dry day in the extended outlook. While the short term indicates southern areas see the rain, northern areas may get their turn later midweek. We'll be tracking and updating as the week unfolds.
Our next update comes Monday morning when Nicholas will provide the briefing to start your day on Facebook, and Aidan will bring a full discussion on what is ahead here on the website Monday evening.
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