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Rainy, cool conditions to linger through the week

A wet and windy Monday is on tap as Spokane and the surrounding areas end an unusually wet September.

Rainfall totals Sunday pushed September’s mark to 1.49 inches of precipitation in Spokane, more than double the average monthly rainfall reported by the National Weather Service. A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon could push that total even higher.

Southwesterly winds will be gusting throughout the day to nearly 50 mph and remain strong overnight. Avista reported a downed tree cutting power to about 40 customers in the Browne’s Addition neighborhood early Monday morning, and an equipment problem is affecting more than 500 customers in the Orofino area.

Rain chances will continue in Spokane through Wednesday, with temperatures during the day topping out only in the low-to-mid 50s and overnight lows flirting with the 40-degree mark. Sunshine should return to the area by Thursday, but rain chances crop up again Saturday night into Sunday.