Weekend rainfall helps fires; breezy Monday ahead

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FORT MYERS, Fla. More than 4 inches of rain fell over parts of Southwest Florida this weekend, providing much-needed relief from fires that forced evacuations and destroyed homes the past few days.

South Fort Myers led the way with 4.76 inches combined on Saturday and Sunday. Lehigh Acres, which dealt with a blaze that damaged 13 structures, picked up 4.36 inches. Central Cape Coral saw 4.08 inches.

An 82-year-old rainfall record fell Sunday, when Page Field in Fort Myers recorded 2.1 inches of rain. That broke the previous record of 1.78 for April 23 that had stood since 1935, the National Weather Service said.

Skies will be partly cloudy Sunday as the low dips to 70. Isolated rain is in the forecast for Monday, when northwest winds will gust in excess of 15-20 mph, meteorologist Zach Maloch said. The high will be 81.

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