A dry summer hasn’t been kind to the trees and grassy patches at Rohner Park in Fortuna, but a slight chance of rain next month might change nature’s fortunes. (Shomik Mukherjee — The Times-Standard)

After a prolonged dry stretch across the county, the turn of the month and the start of fall season will bring about a chance of some rain, the National Weather Service confirmed Sunday.

Inland areas will see a drop from the above-normal temperatures experienced over the summer months into September.

Along the coastline, the weather will stay fairly cool, but a “slightly above-normal chance” of rain looms in the first week of October, said Matthew Kidwell, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

“We’re heading into the fall season and there’s certainly potential for some rain,” Kidwell said. “People should be thinking about cleaning drains and gutters, fixing roofs — it’s been a long time since we had any rain.”

Meanwhile, air quality in Humboldt County has totally returned to normal as fire crews have made progress fighting wildfires at the southern Oregon border and the Delta Fire in Shasta County.

Coastal areas will continue to see good air quality conditions, the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District announced.

“Smoke impacts in inland areas will remain localized to fire vicinity with the possibility of smoke settling into drainages overnight into morning hours depending on conditions,” the agency said in a release.

Shomik Mukherjee can be reached at 707-441-0504.

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