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A cool autumn storm doused the San Diego area Monday, delivering modest amounts of moisture while moving over the region to the east.

Between midnight and 5 p.m., the bands of dark clouds dropped anywhere from a few hundredths of an inch to roughly two-thirds of an inch of precipitation across the county, according to the National Weather Service.

Some of the highest amounts included 0.71 of an inch in Oceanside; 0.62 at Brown Field airport and in Solana Beach; 0.58 in Encinitas; 0.56 in Descanso and Pine Hills; and 0.48 on Otay Mountain, the NWS reported.

Two locales, Alpine and El Cajon, recorded record rainfall for Monday’s date — 0.39 and 0.68 of an inch, respectively.

To the surprise of no one, the cloudbursts led to some commuter headaches on local freeways and byways. Between midnight and 4 p.m., the California Highway Patrol logged 245 collisions, as compared with the roughly 140 crashes the agency typically responds to over an entire day of dry weather.

The showers, which began Sunday, were expected to dwindle away Monday evening, ushering in mostly dry skies Tuesday with a slight chance of more afternoon rain in the mountains.

A warming trend is expected to develop toward the middle of the week, with a return of summer-like heat Thursday through Sunday, according to forecasters.

— City News Service

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