Better get used to wet weather.

The Akron-Canton region has been pounded with rain this month and there is more on the way. The National Weather Service's seven-day forecast looks like this:

Tuesday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Wednesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Thursday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm.

Friday: Mostly sunny.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms likely.

The region was hit with 1 to 3 inches of rain over the weekend, with significant flooding in Akron, Barberton and Wadsworth.

 

That's a lot of rain for the area, said Doug Kahn, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cleveland.

The average rainfall in the month of June for the Akron-Canton area is 3.83 inches. The area already has received 5.27 inches this month, with 4 inches coming within the last week. The record is 11.12 inches in 1924.

The rain expected for the remainder of this week isn't as heavy as over the weekend. Kahn said the area could see an additional 1 to 2 inches.

"It's not going to be a washout every single day," he said. "It's not like what we were dealing with the last week."

The wet June is following an unseasonably non-wet May. The Akron-Canton region got 2.81 inches in May when the average is 4.28 inches.

The seemingly unending recent rain has put a damper on plenty of outdoor activities — ranging from farming to road construction to golf.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported last week that only 50% of the state's corn had been planted. At the same time last year, 96% of the corn crop was in the ground.

Meanwhile, the rain is affecting many road construction projects.

"It definitely is delaying projects, specifically on paving projects," said Brent Kovacs, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation at the District 4 office in Coventry Township. "What we really need for paving projects is just a dry surface to put the asphalt on."

It's too early to know how big of a delay the weather will have, he added.

Golf courses also have been impacted. Barberton Brookside Country Club in Norton was forced to closed on Father's Day, a traditionally busy day, because of the heavy rain and has seen a decline in golfers because of the poor spring weather.

"This could be the worst that I’ve ever seen it," said Joe Flogge, who has owned the 18-hole public course for 35 years. "I can’t remember anything this bad."

He estimated that the golf course was pounded with more than 5 inches over the last week. The rain has made it difficult for mowing without tearing up the ground.

"You just can’t keep up with it," Flogge said. "We drain pretty good, but it gets to a point where [the course] can’t take anymore."

 

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for Summit, Medina, Portage, Stark and Wayne counties through 4 a.m. Tuesday. The agency also warned that Akron, Canton, Medina, Ravenna and Wooster would be susceptible to flash flooding.

Authorities reported that portions of various roads throughout the region were closed because of flooding, including Barber Road in Barberton, Sand Run Parkway in Akron, Akron-Peninsula Road in Akron, South Main Street in Green and U.S. Route 250 in Ashland.

 

Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @armonrickABJ.