- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The National Weather Service says monsoons are expected to drench northern New Mexico and drop temperatures across the state.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (https://bit.ly/2afKlq3 ) that slow-moving storms could bring heavy rainfall to the western highlands and north-central mountains, possibly causing flash floods.

NWS senior forecaster Clay Anderson said Sunday that there’s a 60 percent chance of rain on Tuesday and Wednesday and a 70 percent chance on Thursday.

The NWS defines the rainy season as a period of heavy rainfall from June 15 through September 30. The heaviest rainfalls usually don’t hit New Mexico until July.

The rainy forecast comes after a hot, dry June that caused state officials to consider changing the drought outlook. Nearly 96 percent of the state is still abnormally dry.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com

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