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Boston weather: Chance of a shower or storm Wednesday and Thursday

A week front moves offshore today, but a disturbance in the upper levels brings a renewed threat for showers and storms this afternoon.
A week front moves offshore today, but a disturbance in the upper levels brings a renewed threat for showers and storms this afternoon.

Much of the area escaped the widely scattered showers the past two days, yes there were a few around, but conditions in the atmosphere suggest a better chance of some showers and thunderstorms later today and a few could pack a good punch with downpours and gusty winds.

This morning begins with low clouds and some patchy fog as a weak frontal boundary moves offshore. We should see occasional sunshine develop this morning with a chance of showers and thunderstorms developing this afternoon as a disturbance in the upper levels lags behind the departing front. A spot shower is possible in the morning as well. High temperatures will not be as warm today, reaching near 80 degrees with light winds prevailing. An onshore breeze is likely in the afternoon and as such would keep temperatures in the 70s along the beaches.

Chance of an evening shower or storm Wednesday evening but the general trend thereafter is for partly cloudy skies for the overnight. Temperatures cool down into the mid and upper 50s across the interior, low 60s on the coast. Winds stay light.

On Thursday we have a disturbance in the upper levels that will be slow to move across the area. The morning starts out sunny but clouds build in for the afternoon and a shower or thunderstorm is possible. Highs stay mainly in the mid 70s to 80 degrees. The disturbance lingers into Thursday evening and with that comes a continued chance of a passing shower or storm, followed by partial clearing overnight. Lows again from the mid to upper 50s inland, low 60s along the coastal plain.

The upper level feature moves east on Friday. Therefore, expect less clouds and more sun, although some clouds will appear during the afternoon. Generally a mostly to partly sunny day. Highs in the upper 70s to low 80s.

High pressure will build in out of Canada and bring us delightful weather through the weekend. There are no signs of hot weather in the immediate future, rather another round of low humidity, pleasant temperatures and continued light winds for the upcoming weekend. Highs in the upper 70s to low 80s. Overnight lows in the upper 50s to low 60s.

Tropical Storm Bertha is moving well southeast of New England today and will not be of any concern here. Elevated risk of rip currents and high surf for the outer waters off Cape Cod, perhaps the islands as well, but local beaches are not expected to see any impacts.

North Shore beach outlook:

Wednesday: Low clouds and fog early, developing sunshine through the morning, followed by a chance of a shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening. High temperatures in the mid to upper 70s. Light winds. Surf 1 to 3 feet. Water temperatures in the upper 60s to 70 degrees. UV Index moderate to high.

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