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Rainy weather could still be around for 141st Preakness Stakes

Mr. Z and American Pharoah lead the horses into the first turn of the 140th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Rain poured as the race began.
Mr. Z and American Pharoah lead the horses into the first turn of the 140th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Rain poured as the race began. (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)

While Baltimore's streak of at least 15 days of rain will surely be broken by next weekend, wet weather is expected to return for the 141st Preakness Stakes.

Evening rain showers could make Thursday a 16th consecutive day with at least a trace of rain, and sunshine isn't expected to return until the weekend. But early forecasts suggest a rainy trend could resume by the middle of next week and continue into the weekend.

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The Weather Channel and the Weather Underground are both calling for rain chances and high temperatures in the mid-70s come May 21. Both predict rainy weather from Tuesday through Preakness Saturday.

The National Weather Service doesn't offer specific forecasts more than a week in advance, but its Climate Prediction Center suggests milder- and wetter-than-normal weather through the third week of the month.

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Normal highs for late May are in the mid-70s. May is also typically one of Baltimore's wettest months of the year, with nearly 4 inches of rain, on average.

There has already been 3.44 inches of rain at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Average highs are around 61 degrees, with six days this month failing to break out of the 50s.

Rain could be good news for Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist. Last year's Preakness was the first run under sloppy conditions since 1983, and its winner, American Pharoah, was the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

An earlier version of this post misstated the last Triple Crown winner before American Pharoah. The Sun regrets the error.

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