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Boston weather: Arthur departs, high pressure arrives this weekend

Arthur departs but leaves rough seas behind for the weekend.
Arthur departs but leaves rough seas behind for the weekend.
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Metro Boston, North Shore and Metro West: Hurricane Arthur made his pass offshore last night and will pound the eastern Maritimes with heavy rain and wind over the weekend. Thursday and Friday saw many watches and warnings hoisted in the Boston area and Cape Cod. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, Flash Flood Watches/Warnings to Tropical Storm Warnings indicate how the long holiday weekend began. The Fourth of July was pretty much a wash out with rain starting around midday in the local area and becoming a steady rain that was heavy at times throughout the afternoon and overnight.

Over southeast Massachusetts a ridiculous amount of rain fell yesterday and last night with totals ranging upwards of 6 to 8 inches in the New Bedford and Fairhaven area, generally 3 to 6 inches elsewhere across southeast Massachusetts. Plymouth did come in with a report of over 7 inches of rainfall. In the Boston area and points north the totals were much less but still impressive with 1.5 to slightly over 2 inches across the North Shore. To the west totals dropped off to under an inch along and west of the Route 495 corridor.

We say goodbye to Arthur today and hello to high pressure. A quick turnaround is expected today as skies become mainly sunny with much less humidity by late morning. However, lingering clouds and showers did prevail early this morning signaling the end of Arthur's rain shield. High temperatures ranging from 74 to near 80 degrees this afternoon. Gusty northwest winds up to 25 mph.

Saturday night will be a cool and comfortable night for sleeping without the air conditioner. Temperatures drop to the mid to upper 50s across the interior to around 60 along the shore. Brisk evening winds will diminish overnight.

With high pressure centered south of us later Sunday and Monday the winds turn to the west and southwest and warmer temperatures result both days. Highs climb to the low and mid 80s Sunday then well into the 80s on Monday. Sunshine prevails both days although clouds are on the increase Monday afternoon. On Sunday night the lows fall to the low 60s under fair skies. Along with the increasing warmth will be increasing humidity as well, especially on Monday.

Variable cloudiness Monday night. Warmer and humid with lows in the low 70s.

Partly sunny, warm and humid on Tuesday. Highs in the mid to upper 80s.

As a cold front slowly approaches it will bring a threat for showers by Tuesday night and Wednesday. Overnight lows near 70. Highs Wednesday in the low 80s.

North Shore weekend beach outlook:
Saturday - Showers through mid morning followed by partly sunny skies, less humid and pleasant. High temperatures in the low 70s. Brisk northwest winds may gust to 25 mph.

Sunday - Sunshine and warmer. Highs close to 80. Winds turning west to southwest at 10 to 15 mph.

High tide around midday. There is a moderate risk of rip currents. Water temperatures in the low 60s and the UV Index will be high after Saturday morning.

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