After causing a litany of freeway crashes and airport delays in the Bay Area, an overnight downpour that continued into Monday morning will give way to sunshine later in the week before the clouds roll in again, forecasters say.

The rest of Monday is expected to remain cloudy but the chance of rain will steadily diminish into the evening, said Diana Henderson,a forecaster for the National Weather Service.

Tuesday is expected to be sunny and temperatures in the 70s in the South Bay and in the 60s elsewhere are predicted, Henderson said. By Thursday and Friday, residents can expect to see clouds and a chance of rain.

Besides the highway troubles associated with the first rain after a dry stretch, San Francisco International Airport was announcing delays of up to about an hour from Monday morning into the afternoon. However, no cancellations were reported.

Bay City News service contributed to this report.



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