Akron is experiencing an unusual dry spell in what has been an exceptionally wet year.
The National Weather Service says no measurable precipitation is in sight — at least through Wednesday night — so enjoy the brief umbrella- and shovel-free days.
With 45.74 inches of precipitation so far, the weather service says 2018 is already the ninth-wettest year on record in Akron since they began tracking such things back in 1887.
And they say with another two weeks or so to go before we ring in the New Year, this year's standing in the weather record books could go up a notch or two.
The yearly average for Akron is 39.62 inches.
The all-time wettest on record is 65.70 inches in 1990 and the driest was 23.79 inches in 1963.
Looking ahead, the weather service says high temperatures will be on the rise to the mid-40s by week's end and should stay that way for a couple of weeks.
Rain is in the forecast for Friday and Saturday.
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