An inch of rain Tuesday, Wednesday could help ease developing drought

More than an inch of much-needed precipitation could fall across Maryland this week.

More than an inch of rain could fall Tuesday and Wednesday, helping ease a drought that is developing across the region.

An area of low pressure over the eastern United States is forecast to bring widespread wet conditions.

In Maryland, rain is likely throughout both Tuesday and Wednesday. Up to an inch and a half could fall.

That is welcome precipitation, as an area of “moderate drought” has grown to cover nearly all of Maryland to the west of the Chesapeake Bay. All, or virtually all, of Carroll, Baltimore, Harford, Howard and Anne Arundel counties and Baltimore City are included, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

“Abnormally dry” conditions, a precursor to drought, are spreading across the upper Eastern Shore, Southern Maryland and Western Maryland. More than two-thirds of the state is experiencing unusually dry weather or drought.

Mild temperatures are forecast to accompany the precipitation. Highs could reach the lower 60s Tuesday, about 10 degrees warmer than normal, and the upper 60s to around 70 on Wednesday, a few degrees shy of record highs for late November.

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