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Rainy week expected as flash flood watch issued for Westmoreland County

August 6, 2018

August is off to a soggy start and the rain isn’t likely to let up anytime soon.

There’s rain in the forecast every day through Tuesday, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Lee Hendricks.

“Everybody’s looking for a good day to go to the pool, and you’re not going to see that into early next week,” he said.

Westmoreland, Fayette and Indiana counties are under a flash flood watch through Friday morning.

Some flooding has already been reported in Fayette and Indiana counties, according to Hendricks.

Allegheny County is expected to get off relatively easy, with most of the rain hitting regions south and east of Pittsburgh, Hendricks said.

It’s been a wet year for the region, which has received 31.6 inches of rain since Jan. 1. That’s 8.4 inches more than normal.

The region set numerous precipitation records set in late winter and early spring.

June was a bit dryer than average.

July started with heavy rain, then dried out later in the month, leading to a rainfall total just slightly above average.

This most recent batch of showers is caused by a high-pressure system parked over the region, according to Hendricks.

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