Sunny skies, drier weather forecast for next week |

Sunny skies, drier weather forecast for next week

After a week of cool rainy afternoons, sunny weather is expected over the next week with highs rising into the low 90s over the weekend.

Temperatures are expected to peak at 92 degrees on Saturday and then drop into the upper 80s early next week.

The weekend will see the return of the Washoe Zephyr with gusty 20 mph winds, cooling off the evenings.

Thunderstorms dropped .23 inches of rain in Minden so far in August, double the average for the first third of the month, and not far from the .3 inch-average for the entire month.

Despite a few thunderstorms that seemed destined to inundate the Pine Nuts, there were no reports of flash flooding during the week.

That’s coming off of a wetter than average July, which saw .3 inches of rain. The average for the month is just over a fifth of an inch.

So far during this record-breaking calendar year for precipitation, only June has come in with a trace of moisture.

The water year started Oct. 1, 2016, with the second wettest October on record. So far, 15.87 inches of precipitation have been recorded in Minden during the calendar year, and 20.25 inches for the water year, which ends on Sept. 30. The Weather Service has records for the Douglas County seat dating back to 1906.