The overnight rain was just a start. More rain, possibly heavy and probably mixed with thunderstorms, is expected to start late this afternoon.

The overnight rain – a quarter-inch was recorded in Lee’s Summit – was accompanied by a good deal of lightning and thunder. More of the same is forecast for this afternoon and into the evening, but severe weather is not. The National Weather Service says there’s an 80 percent chance of thundershowers this evening and a 70 percent chance on Thursday. Rainfall of half an inch to three quarters of an inch is expected – welcome relief as the area last week had officially begun drifting toward the status of a mild drought.

After today’s high of 79, it will cool off for a couple of days, too. Tonight’s low is expected to be 56, followed by a high of 66 Thursday, then 48 Thursday night and 66 again Friday. Skies will start clearing Friday, and by Saturday the area is back to sunny and 78.

National Weather Service, Pleasant Hill: