The Lehigh Valley is expected to receive its first heavy rain in almost a month starting Monday, just days later. subject to moderate drought conditions.
The National Weather Service expects 0.5 to 1 inch of rain in the Lehigh Valley Monday. The last measurable rainfall in the area was May 20th.
Most of the region was still experiencing a moderate drought as of Monday morning, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, which tracks drought conditions across the country. Northwestern Northampton County is unusually dry.
A chance of rain late Monday morning, but most rain is expected between 2pm and 8pm.
There is also a small danger of severe thunderstorms with damaging wind gusts, said Mike Grose, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, New Jersey.
“I hope we get some beneficial rain, not bad weather,” he said.
Normally, by this time of June, the Lehigh Valley should receive 1.5 inches of rain.
It’s been pretty dry lately, so today’s rains will be welcomed by many. Precipitation forecast for today and tonight. pic.twitter.com/2PZzKTW4gg
— NWS Mount Holly (@NWS_MountHolly) June 12, 2023
Rain should help improve drought conditions, but a few more significant rainfalls are needed to change the situation. Gross said the recent lack of rain has made the ground so hard that more heavy rains could wash it out.
last month Second driest May It’s on the Lehigh Valley record.
A different air quality warning was issued for the area last week as wildfire smoke from Canada passed through the area. At one time, the Lehigh Valley had some of the worst air quality in the country. Air quality returned to near normal on Friday. Air quality in Lehigh Valley on Monday will be moderate.
Below is the long-term forecast from the National Weather Service.
Monday: Showers and a thunderstorm possible, showers and a thunderstorm after 1 PM. The highest temperature is around 80 degrees. Southeast winds 16 to 15 mph. The chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall can range from half an inch to three-quarters of an inch.
Monday night: Showers and thunderstorms will occur, mostly before midnight. patchy fog. The lowest temperature is around 56 degrees. South winds 10-15 mph, turning west after midnight. The chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall can range from half an inch to three-quarters of an inch.
Tuesday: Sunny, high temperature around 76 degrees. Westerly winds about 10 mph.
Tuesday night: Possibility of showers after 2am. Partly cloudy with a minimum temperature of about 57 degrees. Southwest winds at about 5 miles per hour, turning south after midnight. The chance of rain is 30%. Less than a tenth of an inch of new precipitation is possible.
Wednesday: There is a chance of rain and a thunderstorm after 11am. Partly sunny with a maximum temperature of around 74°C. South winds 5 to 15 mph. The chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall is between one tenth and one quarter of an inch, except for the heavy rain expected in thunderstorms.
Wednesday night: Showers and thunderstorms possible by 8 PM, then showers from 8 PM to 2 AM. Mostly sunny with a minimum temperature of 54°C. 20% chance of rain.
Thursday: Mostly sunny and high temperature around 80 degrees.
Thursday night: Possible showers from 8pm to 2am. Partly cloudy with a minimum temperature of about 57 degrees. The chance of rain is 30%.
Friday: Mostly sunny and high temperature around 80 degrees.
Friday night: Nearly transparent, with a minimum value of about 54.
Saturday: Sunny with a maximum temperature of 83°C.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy skies and a minimum temperature of 59°C.
Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms possible. Partly sunny with a maximum temperature of around 83°C. 40% chance of rain.
https://www.mcall.com/2023/06/12/first-significant-rainfall-in-lehigh-valley-this-month-expected-monday-when-will-it-start-raining/ Heavy rain expected in early June