Wet start to week brings 1.5 inches of rain; Douglas County under flash flood watch

photo by: National Weather Service Topeka

Weather outlook for July 30 to Aug. 2

Off-and-on rain this week has brought about 1.5 inches of rain to Lawrence, according to records at the Lawrence Municipal Airport.

Brandon Drake, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Topeka, said 1.56 inches of rain was recorded at the airport as of Thursday around 7 a.m. He expects that Lawrence may receive an additional inch of rain during the day on Thursday.

Showers and thunderstorms will be scattered throughout the day on Thursday but should diminish by evening. Douglas County, in addition to numerous other counties in central, east central and northeast Kansas, is under a flash flood watch through Friday morning because of expected additional rain Thursday on already-saturated ground.

So far this month, Lawrence has received 5.59 inches of rain, which is above the normal value by 1.69 inches, Drake said. For the year, Lawrence has received 25.36 inches, which is about 2 inches above the normal value for this time.

Weather for the weekend should be dry and cooler, with temperatures in the low- to mid-80s. Drake said to still expect the air to feel muggy and that while there could be a few morning showers, they would likely be minimal.

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