No more rain expected for upcoming week

Clouds hang low over Merced seen from Santa Fe Ave during a rainy Friday.
Clouds hang low over Merced seen from Santa Fe Ave during a rainy Friday. bahbeck@mercedsunstar.com

Friday’s scattered showers forced residents to take out their coats and umbrellas, but it looks as if neither will be needed for a while.

According to the National Weather Service in Hanford, yesterday’s rainfall will be the last Merced will see for at least the next seven days.

Some areas in the San Joaquin Valley experienced stormlike conditions with gusty wind, hail and lightning. Snow in the Sierra Nevada dropped to about 5,000 feet.

Meteorologist Kevin Durfee said that whatever precipitation falls this weekend will be confined to the mountains.

Anyone who plans to drive through the Grapevine this weekend, he added, should listen for warnings of possible hazardous weather.

Despite puddles and dark sky, Merced saw less than one-tenth of an inch of rain fall Friday, keeping total amount of rain for the year way below average.

Today is the start of a dry weather trend. A mostly sunny sky and a strong breeze is expected for most of the day.

The weekend will remain cool with temperatures in the high 60s and low 70s, although both will rise next week.

Monday’s temperature will rise to the high 70s. Gusty wind of up to 15 mph is expected for the beginning of the week.

By Tuesday, the wind will settle down and the temperature will reach the high 80s.

Clear skies and temperatures in the low to mid-90s are expected for the remainder of the week.