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A rainy start brings much-needed showers, then sunshine


Sunday showers will trickle through Monday, bringing up to half an inch of rain amid moderate drought.

LGBTQ families and advocates kicked off Pride Month in the rain at the Massachusetts State House.

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Gusty rain showers will start the week, offering some relief as Massachusetts continues to suffer from unusually dry conditions.

The National Weather Service’s Boston office predicts a “heavy dose” of rain showers will begin after 4 p.m. Sunday, with about a quarter to half an inch of rain expected.

According to the US Drought Monitor, as of June 7, 84% of Massachusetts was considered “abnormally dry” and nearly 30% of the state was still in “moderate drought”. Monitor data shows a 10% increase in abnormal dryness in Massachusetts as arid conditions have recently spread farther west. The previous week, only about 74% of the state was abnormally dry. There has been no change in moderate drought levels in the affected areas since May 31.

Boston, Metro West, North Shore, and South Shore are the areas considered moderately dry, while the Cape and the Islands, as well as central and now western Massachusetts fall into the “abnormally dry” category.

NWS Boston tweeted an optimistic outlook for rain relief, saying, “The good news? Saturday looks dry! More good news? A good dose of rain seems to be on the way for the second half of the weekend. While many of us would prefer the rain to fall during the work week, we can’t complain about that extra moisture for lawns and gardens!

Showers could continue into the early hours of Monday, before giving way to a warm sunny afternoon with highs near 83. Tuesday and Wednesday will be dry and sunny, with highs near 81 and 76, respectively. Another chance of showers comes on Thursday, with warmer temperatures hitting 80 degrees. Friday will be warmer, with a high near 86 and a 30% chance of rain.

Looking ahead, AccuWeather Boston forecasts a 48% chance of thunderstorms on Saturday, June 18, with a high of 77. Sunday, June 19 will be cooler, with a high of 71 and also a 48% chance of thunderstorms .


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