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Sunday’s predicted light rain could be first since May

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A timelapse video of clouds rolling over the Sacramento skyline in April 2016 as seen from the CALSTRS building in West Sacramento.
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A timelapse video of clouds rolling over the Sacramento skyline in April 2016 as seen from the CALSTRS building in West Sacramento.

Sunday is expected to be the first time it has rained in downtown Sacramento since May, according to a forecaster from the National Weather Service.

The last significant rainfall in the area was measured on May 20, according to Brooke Bingaman, a forecaster with the agency.

The sprinkles that fell over downtown Sacramento on the last day of summer in late September produced less than the .01 inches required for forecasters to categorize it as rain, she said.

“We did have a system come through, but it was just sprinkles,” Bingaman said.

Tomorrow is expected to bring much needed showers to the Sacramento area, with a 45 to 50 percent chance of rain, Bingman said. The rain, forecast for both Sunday and Monday, could bring as much as a tenth of an inch between both days.

“The brunt of the storm for the Sacramento area will occur Sunday afternoon into the evening,” she said. “Then, as we get into Monday, we will still have a lingering chance of showers, but it’s 25 percent or lower.”

The wet weather is expected to bring cooler temperatures and a slight chance of thunderstorms with it, Bingaman said. Sunday’s warmest temperatures are expected to hit 67 degrees, 18 degrees below normal for early October.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets

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