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Another week of downpours looms

The soggy, stormy weather that has blanketed the Carolinas so far this month returned Monday morning with a series of heavy downpours in the foothills northwest of Charlotte.

Meteorologists say we’ll see more of the same this week, as an unsettled weather pattern is back -- after a beautiful weekend.

The National Weather Service issued an urban and small stream flood advisory until 7:30 a.m. for Burke and southeast McDowell counties, after heavy showers moved slowly across the region before daybreak. The Weather Service’s Harry Gerapetritis said the showers and thunderstorms had moved into Catawba County by 6:30 a.m.

There were no immediate reports of flooding problems, but Burke County emergency services personnel said ponding was common on roads in the county.

It is a taste of what’s to come for the next several days.

Meteorologists say frequent showers are expected Monday across the entire region, with only limited peeks of sunshine. The precipitation likely will be more in the form of showers than thunderstorms, forecasters say, but heavy downpours are possible at any time.

Scattered showers are forecast to continue overnight, then increase in intensity again Tuesday. The rain and clouds will limit daytime high temperatures to about 80 degrees.

Showers and storms are expected to continue into Wednesday, although there should be more sunshine, meteorologists say. More typical summer conditions -- warm and humid, with afternoon and evening storms -- are forecast to return Thursday.

The rain will come on top of heavy precipitation that has fallen across much of the region in the past two weeks. Although rainfall totals vary widely by location, many places have received between 6 and 8 inches of rain this month.

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