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Rainfall, cooler temperatures signal return to normal weather

Things will be getting back to normal this week, at least when it comes to the weather.

Rain early in the week and cooler temperatures in the days afterward are expected to return conditions to what you’d normally expect this time of year, Bill Hibbert, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo, said Monday morning.

The light spritz of precipitation that fell in the wee hours of Monday is a prelude to a good soaking expected to begin at night.

“We need it; it’s been a long time since we had any rain,” Hibbert said.

The month-to-date total is 2.95 inches; normal monthly rainfall for September is 3.48 inches.

“We have been short a little bit here, but we’ll make up for that,” Hibbert said. “We have a lot of moisture in the atmosphere coming up in the next 36 hours.”

Between one-half and three-quarters of an inch of rain is forecast for a 12- to 18-hour period, according to Hibbert.

The moisture has pushed temperatures warmer than normal for this time of year. “Higher humidity helps keep temperatures up,” Hibbert explained.

Daily highs still will be in the 70s Monday and Tuesday, with overnight lows not much below the mid-60s. But then the bottom will drop out Tuesday night into Wednesday, Hibbert said, with “a true cold front coming through.”

The cold front will push daily high temperatures back to the mid- to upper 60s. Lows will register in the upper 40s. “We will be going back to those – maybe a little bit below that for awhile,” Hibbert said.

In other words, the party’s over.

“We’re not going to go back to summertime conditions,” Hibbert said. “The pool is closed.”