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STATEWIDE–The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows that there are fewer drought conditions in Indiana, due to the recent rainfall.

It shows that less than half of the state is now abnormally dry while only 12.8% is in “moderate drought.” Those numbers were much higher last week.

“It’s varied across the state. Generally in areas south and west of Indianapolis, they’ve gotten pretty beneficial rain the last week or so. Some places have gotten more than 3 inches. There’s a little pocket near Vincennes that got 8-10 inches almost, which has caused improvements to the drought conditions,” said Andrew White, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.

Places around Indianapolis and near Lafayette are the places still in moderate drought.

Moderate drought means creek and pond levels are low and crop growth is often negatively affected. Most of western and portions of central Indiana are under moderate drought.

“Right now our next chance for rain is going to be around Sunday and Sunday night. The best chance for that is going to be down around the Ohio River near Evansville. Then after that, there are small chances for rain next week,” said White.

White believes it won’t be humid this weekend, but then it starts to warm back up again next week. High temperatures will get into the low 90s.