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Boston weather: Flooding and strong winds on Friday

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Forecast discussion: Hurricane Arthur has brought a lot of rainfall, flooding, and strong winds to Massachusetts over the last 24 hours. As Arthur heads out to sea during the overnight hours, eastern Massachusetts will still feel the effects of the system well into the weekend.

Based on reports coming from Logan Airport, Boston has received 1.77 inches of rainfall, as of writing this article. Radar imagery still shows heavier rain and embedded thunderstorms moving over Boston, the Cape, and the Islands. A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until 4 a.m. Also, a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Cape and Islands. Wind gusts up to 45 mph will hit this part of Massachusetts during the overnight. The winds and swells will also create some storm surge, as well as create strong rip tides at local beaches throughout the weekend. Please take precaution and heed any warnings from the lifeguards.

The biggest local story came from New Bedford, MA. Heavy rains flooded roads and streets so badly that a rare Flash Flood Emergency was made by the National Weather Service. The alert will be in effect until midnight. About 11,000 people across the Boston area lost power. For more on this story, click here.

High pressure will begin to build over New England Saturday morning, and we will feel less humidity in the air. Temperatures will reach the lower to middle 80’s during the day, and the lower to middle 60’s at night. We will see increasing clouds Monday night, as a slow moving cold front brings isolated showers and thunderstorms during Tuesday.

The front will push offshore by Wednesday morning, allowing for mostly sunny skies by the afternoon. By Wednesday night, a weak disturbance may bring a few isolated showers on Thursday morning. Otherwise, we will clear out and have mostly sunny skies to begin the following weekend. Temperatures will be slightly cooler, with highs in the lower 80’s.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Heavy rain and strong winds tapering to showers during the overnight. We will see a low of 63.
Saturday: All precipitation ending by 9 a.m., with mostly sunny skies by the afternoon. It will be warm but less humid with a high of 79. Winds will come from the northwest at 15-20 mph.
Fenway Park Forecast (1:05 p.m. vs. Baltimore): Mostly sunny, 80; 7:15 p.m. vs. Baltimore: Partly cloudy, 79.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 63. Winds will come from the west-southwest at 6-9 mph.
Sunday: Mostly sunny with a high of 83.
Sunday night: Clear skies with a low of 67.
Monday: Mostly sunny with a high of 85.
Monday night: Partly to mostly cloudy and becoming humid with a low of 72.

Extended Forecast:
Tuesday: Isolated showers and thunderstorms by dawn, otherwise partly sunny. Highs 84-87, lows 67-70.
Wednesday: Showers/thunderstorms end by 9 a.m., with mostly sunny skies. Highs 82-85, lows 65-68.
Thursday: Isolated showers during the early morning, with mostly sunny skies. Highs 81-84, lows 63-66.
Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs 80-83, lows 60-63.

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