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Boston weather: Friday starts dry, turns cooler and ends wet

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Metro Boston, North Shore and Metro West: Thursday saw the mercury climb well into the 50s and low 60s during the afternoon with coastal locations cooling down through the 40s as the sea breeze kicked in once again. Overall it was a real nice early April day with plenty of sunshine. That all changes on Friday as low pressure moves through the Great Lakes extending clouds and showers into southern New England through the day. It will be much cooler as well with an easterly flow in place.

Friday starts off cool and dry with perhaps some early sunshine. Clouds thicken as skies turn overcast and the afternoon will set up as cloudy and raw with that easterly flow. A few spotty showers may break out by late in the afternoon with showery rains likely overnight. If you are going to Fenway Park for the Red Sox home opener dress accordingly because it will feel more like football weather in late October or early November.

A weak wave of low pressure is expected to develop over eastern Massachusetts by Saturday morning as a cold front pushes offshore. This will promote additional showers Saturday morning. With the cold front pushing offshore early Saturday the idea is for improving skies from west to east during the afternoon as drier west winds take over. Essex County and especially those of you along and near the coast may see the clouds hang in longer than you would like as the frontal boundary moves slowly offshore. A gusty west wind and cool temperatures make for a chilly night.

Rainfall totals of up to a half inch are expected in many areas but certainly no flooding rains are expected such as what we experienced here last weekend.

High pressure begins to nudge into the region Sunday bringing a good amount of sunshine as temperatures rebound back to seasonal levels or slightly higher. It should be a real nice day to get out and enjoy your favorite outdoor activity, or maybe start your Spring yard clean up.

Clouds will be back on the increase Monday with the likelihood of another dose of rainfall at night, possibly lasting into part of Tuesday.

Three Day Outlook:

Friday: Early sun gives way to overcast skies in the afternoon. Chance of a late day shower. High temperatures near 45, dropping to near 40 by evening. Northeast to east winds 5 to 15 mph.

Friday night: Periods of showers and chilly. Low temperatures in the mid to upper 30s. Southeast winds 10 to 20 mph.

Saturday: Morning showers, followed by partial clearing across the interior but remaining mostly cloudy near the coast. Not as cool. Turning breezy in the afternoon. Highs in the 50s. Northeast winds in the morning shifting to west 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon, gusts to 25 mph likely.

Saturday night: Partly cloudy, cool and breezy. Lows in the 30s. West winds 15 to 25 mph.

Sunday and Sunday night: Mostly sunny. Highs in the 50s. Clear skies at night with lows in the 30s

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