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Umbrellas to be essential equipment this week, maybe for the Fourth of July

The #weekendwashout is half over.

But, the wet week is just beginning.

Only Thursday looks to be entirely dry, according to the National Weather Service's seven-day forecast, which shows chances for showers or thunderstorms throughout the rest of the week -- including a 30 percent shot for a wet Fourth of July. And, temperatures will run below normal every day this week, the forecast shows.

In all, 1.72 inches of rain fell at Buffalo Saturday, shattering the previous daily record for precipitation - 1.29 inches set in 2006.

Only about two-tenths of an inch figures to be in today's forecast, according to National Weather Service models. The weather service dropped flood watches for the region, but today's rain will just add to the totals of what's been an unusually wet month of June.

By the end of the night, more than 5 inches of rain will likely have fallen at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in June. That's 40 percent more rain than usually falls in a normal June.

Weather logs show there have been only five rain-free days since June 6.

And, all the wet weather also quickly closed the gap on what was a nearly 5-inch precipitation deficit for 2015 as late as May 29.

As of this morning, it was shaved to less than an inch.

Here's a look at the last month of precipitation in Buffalo:

DATE RAINFALL 2015 vs. Normal Year
29-May   Trace -4.81"
30-May 0.23" -4.7"
31-May 2.44" -2.57"
1-Jun   Trace -2.51"
2-Jun 0 -2.63"
3-Jun 0 -2.75"
4-Jun 0 -2.87"
5-Jun 0 -2.99"
6-Jun 0 -3.11"
7-Jun 0.08" -3.15"
8-Jun 0.23" -3.05"
9-Jun 0.53" -2.65"
10-Jun 0.01" -2.77"
11-Jun 0 -2.9"
12-Jun 0.8" -2.24"
13-Jun   Trace -2.37"
14-Jun 0.57" -1.94"
15-Jun 0.01" -2.06"
16-Jun 0.25" -1.94"
17-Jun 0 -2.07"
18-Jun 0.02" -2.17"
19-Jun   Trace -2.29"
20-Jun 0.03" -2.38"
21-Jun 0.11" -2.39"
22-Jun 0.02" -2.49"
23-Jun 0.46" -2.15"
24-Jun 0 -2.26"
25-Jun 0 -2.38"
26-Jun 0 -2.49"
27-Jun 1.72" -0.88"



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