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Almond blossoms get a drenching Thursday
The headlights of an oncoming truck throws in sharp relief a drop of rain hanging heavy on an almond blossom on Thursday afternoon. The picture, taken in rural southwest Manteca, serves a reminder for motorists to turn on their headlights while driving in the rain - photo by ROSE ALBANO RISSO

Don’t leave home without your raincoat or umbrella today.

A repeat performance of Thursday’s widespread rain showers is being played out both during the day and in the evening, according to the forecast from the National Weather Service.

Clouds accompanied by a chance of rain showers are expected Saturday through Wednesday. Warm jackets are in order also during the next few days. The weather service is predicting lows in the coming days – 34 degrees tonight, 31 degrees on Saturday, and 32 degrees on Sunday. While the highs through the weekend are expected to be in the upper 40s, the high temperatures of 52 to 59 degrees Thursday next week should be good news to gardeners who want to get their garden ready for spring flowers.

The high Thursday at 4 p.m. was 49 which was well below the normal of 62 degrees, while the low was 42. That was a mere one degree higher than normal. The record low for Feb. 17 was 28 degrees which was set in 1964.

The rain showers that drenched the area Thursday brought the monthly rainfall to 0.79 inches, with the total season rainfall standing at 9.60 inches.