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Heavy rainfall reported across Western Washington

Rainfall drenched areas of Western Washington on Monday with forecasters warning of the potential for thunderstorms and lightning.

The National Weather Service in Seattle reports that 1 to 2 inches of rainfall fell in under three hours in Everett. North Seattle and Shoreline areas saw heavy downpours before the commute started. West Seattle and Alki Beach got drenched around 4:30.

According to KIRO 7 meteorologist Claire Anderson, the Puget Sound region can expect more rain into Tuesday, with conditions drying out after that. Temperatures will stay cool — in the 60s — this week.

The Saturday thunderstorm was a surprise to many as the region does not often experience such a show of light and sound. About 2,200-2,300 lightning strikes occurred within two hours.

“It’s very unusual for Western Washington,” said Kirby Cook, science and operations officer for the National Weather Service. “Not unheard of, but unusual … we just don’t get a lot of thunderstorms here in Western Washington. They are not as common as in some places like Oklahoma or Florida; places that have warmer temperatures and abundant moisture to drive thunderstorms.”

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