People carry umbrellas as they walk along Market Street in the rain. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Flash flood watch, wind advisory in effect as rain returns to SF

A flash flood watch and wind has been issued for San Francisco and much of the rest of the Bay Area as heavy rains return to the region.

The flash flood watch will be in effect in The City from 4 p.m. today through Wednesday at 4 a.m., and the wind advisory from noon today until 4 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service is predicting between a quarter and a half inch of rain today and heavier rain of up to 1 to 2 inches of rain overnight, with wind gusts up to 36-40 mph.

Heavy rain is expected to continue Tuesday, with 1 to 2 inches possible during the day and wind gusts of up to 45 mph, and possible thunderstorms and another half inch to three quarters of an inch overnight.

Showers could continue through Wednesday and possibly even Thursday, according to current forecasts.

Elsewhere in the Bay Area, heavy rain of as much to 4 to 6 inches is expected in the coastal ranges and North Bay.

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