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Originally published September 20, 2013 at 7:39 PM | Page modified September 21, 2013 at 3:49 PM

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Fall — and the rain — is back in Seattle for the week

Up to three-quarters of an inch of rain could hit the Puget Sound area over the weekend and next week, the first rain system of the fall, according to the National Weather Service.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Sorry to dampen the mood, but summer, it seems, is finally over.

Rain and high temperatures in the 60s are in the forecast all weekend and most of next week, the National Weather Service reports.

With the equinox on Sunday, Seattle meteorologists are dubbing the expected storm the first rain system of the fall.

Up to three-quarters of an inch of rain is predicted around the Puget Sound area as the showers move through, and as much as 1 to 2 inches could fall in the mountains.

Lows should be in the low to mid-50s most of the week. The storm front is likely to bring winds, too, with gusts up to 34 mph on Sunday. National Weather Service meteorologist Art Gaebel said he doesn’t expect much lightning, though, just the city’s signature rain.

“In all reality, if this is something coming through in November or December, we probably wouldn’t even be talking about it,” Gaebel said.

For residents concerned about street flooding, Seattle has an “Adopt-A-Drain” program (bit.ly/SmqMNY,) in which volunteers monitor and clean out local storm drains to make sure they aren’t backed up. It’s part of the Take Winter by Storm program (takewinterbystorm.org) to help Western Washington residents prepare for fall and winter.

A Friday news release said public workers in Everett will be doing similar work, inspecting and cleaning catch basins and manhole covers, in anticipation of the weekend’s rain.

“Unfortunately, as we’ve seen with recent storms, especially heavy rain can cause backups into people’s basements,” said Dave Davis, Everett public works director, said in the release. “We can’t completely eliminate that possibility, but there are steps property owners can take to minimize the impact of stormwater runoff and sewer-system overflows.”

Everett is offering free sandbags for citizens who are concerned about flooding in their homes. The release gave tips to prevent flooding, including keeping gutters and drains clear; extending downspouts away from buildings; and only sparingly using appliances such as washing machines, which add water to the system.

The rain could let up for a few days toward the end of next week, and some sunshine with temperatures creeping back up toward 70 degrees are expected Thursday and Friday. But as fall takes hold, Gaebel said, Seattle’s sunny days are numbered.

“Hopefully, we’ll see a few more nice days over the rest of the month,” he said. “But people are going to have to get used to the rain.”

Colin Campbell: 206-464-2033 or ccampbell@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @cmcampbell6.

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