Life could be miserable this weekend for those who were looking forward to outdoor events. Here’s why.

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Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini breaks down how the remnants of Gordon will bring heavy rain and flooding this weekend.

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Predicted heavy rain for the next three days could produce flash flooding and threatens to douse festivals and events scheduled this weekend.

Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said rounds of widespread rain and embedded thunderstorms will be possible, which raises the threat for flash flooding through Monday.

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“A flash flood watch has been issued for (this) afternoon through Monday morning as 3 to 5 inches of rain may fall,” she said. “Some passing showers will be around early (this) morning then becoming more widespread in coverage by late morning - early afternoon.”

Vrydaghs said parts of the Miami Valley may see a brief break in the steady rain during the late afternoon hours, mainly north of Interstate 70. Temperatures may vary depending on location but will be cooler than they have been recently, in the low 70s.

Steady rain will redevelop during the evening everywhere as the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon approach. Winds will also be increasing during this time frame. Sustained winds of 10 to 20 mph with some higher gusts are possible.

“After midnight (today) and through Sunday, steady, heavy at times rain will occur throughout the Miami Valley,” Vrydaghs said. “Ponding on the road and poor visibility with pockets of heavy rain are to be expected. We may see the end to the rain late Sunday into Monday.”

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Several events and festivals this weekend are facing the possibility of dealing with the heavy rain that is being predicted. Middletown Health Commissioner, Jackie Phillips, said the Middletown Arts Festival will be postponed until next weekend.

“In the interest of safety the hard decision was made (Friday) morning that we will postpone our festival until Sunday, Sept. 16, same times,” she said.

The 60th annual Dayton Greek Festival is also set to run this weekend at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 500 Belmonte Park North, in Dayton. Event organizers said everything was set to run as planned. The Italian Fall Festa and Popcorn Fest are also among the notable festivals planned for this weekend.

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