Partly cloudy conditions in Fresno on Sunday aren’t foreshadowing more rain in the foreseeable future.

Precipitation is expected in Northern California on Monday, but not in Fresno, said meteorologist Jim Dudley with the National Weather Service in Hanford.

There will be only a slightly higher chance of rain early this week in the Merced area, Dudley said.

On Thursday, another weather system will take a similar path, but with the rain/no rain line likely moving a little farther south, he said, almost to Hanford and Visalia.

These are not big storm systems and will just be passing by, he added. It won’t be like the atmospheric river a week prior that drenched California, which remains in a drought.

The chances of a tenth of an inch of precipitation in the Valley this week: 13% chance Tuesday, and 18% chance Thursday, in Fresno. In Merced, it’s a bit higher: 22% chance Tuesday, and 25% chance Thursday, Dudley said.

Thursday’s storm will be a little stronger, but not by much. Either way, don’t expect much rain, Dudley said, adding that it’s not uncommon to get stretches of dry weather in the Valley in November. The coming weekend is forecast to be dry in Fresno.

Otherwise, he noted, always be on the lookout for the chance of some patchy dense fog at night.

Air quality in the Fresno area returned to healthy levels on Sunday, following polluted air on Friday and Saturday.

This story was originally published October 31, 2021 1:59 PM.

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