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Showers and thunderstorms could put a damper on today’s busy slate of festivals throughout the region, but the City of Buffalo may be spared.

Rain is expected to develop in most of Western New York this morning, and the chance of storms will continue into the afternoon in the Southern Tier, Niagara and Orleans counties and areas east of Buffalo, according to Jon Hitchcock of the Buffalo office of the National Weather Service.

Drier afternoon conditions are forecast for the city and areas near Lake Erie because of a “gusty, southwest wind developing off the lake,” Hitchcock said. “It looks like Lake Erie will help Buffalo in the afternoon because of ‘lake shadow,’ which is the opposite of lake-effect snow in the wintertime.”

Weak cold fronts will move through the region to begin the work week, bringing spotty summertime showers Monday and Tuesday and unseasonably cool temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday. Highs are expected to barely reach 70 across lower elevations, which is 10-12 degrees below normal, Hitchcock said.