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Rain and cool temperatures today

It's raining, it's sometimes pouring, and the thermometer has a little red line huddling several degrees below normal for this time of year.

Environment Canada says that rain, at times heavy, is expected through the day today, although Brandon and areas further south will be spared the worst of it.

About 10-20 mm of rain is expected today, along with easterly winds at 20 km/h that'll swing around to the north late this afternoon and pick up to 30 km/h. The high today will be 15ºC.

Further north, in areas from Dauphin to Neepawa, more rain is expected — up to 20-40 mm, with possibly more than 50 mm failling in local thunderstorms. That could cause flash floods or pooling water on roads, as well as flooding in some low-lying areas.

Rain from the storm system is expected to move out of the area late this afternoon or early this evening. Skies will then clear, as winds drop off, and temperatures will fall to a low of 5ºC before tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow will see a mix of sun and cloud, clearing in the late afternoon. The high will be 17ºC, but some northwest winds, at 30 km/h, are also expected.

The weekend looks great for some fall cleanup and yard work. Both Saturday and Sunday are expected to be sunny, with a high of 22ºC on Saturday and 23ºC on Sunday.

Into next week, temperatures start to cool off again. Monday through Wednesday are predicted to see a mix of sun and cloud, with a Monday high of 21ºC, then a Tuesday high of 18ºC and a Wednesday high of 14ºC.

The normal high for this time of year is 20ºC; the normal low is 8ºC.

The hottest it's ever been on a Sept. 4 was in 1998, when temperatures reached 32.1ºC. The coldest ever was in 1962, when they touched freezing.

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