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End to Northeast Dry Spell on the Horizon

May 06, 2013; 4:23 AM

The Northeast is being treated to a prolonged stretch of dry and sunny weather, but the sunglasses being used this past weekend will soon have to be traded in for umbrellas.

The storm that brought historic snow to the the nation's midsection will finally reach the Northeast this week, once the high pressure responsible for the current dry spell breaks down.

Once the door opens for the storm's arrival, residents do not have to worry about dusting off snow blowers and shovels. The air will be too warm for any snow to fall.

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Instead, umbrellas will have to be taken out of the closet with rain showers set to slowly spread northward.

The showers are expected to reach Washington, D.C., Monday afternoon, Philadelphia, Pa., and Trenton, N.J., by Tuesday, Albany, N.Y., and Boston, Mass., on Wednesday and Burlington, Vt., and Bangor, Maine, on Thursday.

While widespread downpours causing flash flooding are not anticipated, residents and visitors across the Northeast are more likely to face spoiled outdoor plans due to the showers.

The showers should actually be viewed as beneficial with the percentage of places turning abnormally dry increasing, according to the United States Drought Monitor.

That percentage in the corridor from West Virginia to Maine rose from nearly 19 percent on April 23 to 31 percent when the U.S. Drought Monitor released its most recent report on April 30.

The good news is that this summer as a whole is not expected to yield below-normal rainfall across the Northeast, according to the AccuWeather.com Long Range Forecast Department.

The opposite will actually take place from Philadelphia southward with above-normal rainfall in the forecast for June through August due to a higher frequency of showers and thunderstorms.

"The warmest and driest part of the summer from upstate New York to interior New England is likely to be June into part of July," stated AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

The weather pattern across this region will begin to change during the second half of the summer, resulting in more showers and thunderstorms and causing the summer to end with near-normal rainfall totals.

More details on what this upcoming summer holds for the Northeast and the rest of the United States can be found here.

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