Comfortable and sunny with a chance of showers midweek

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The dry weather continues into next week as no major washouts are expected.

Next week’s weather will be as good as the weekend, with low dew points and mild highs in the mid-70s.

Some rain may fall on Tuesday and Wednesday, although the chance of precipitation on these days is only 30%.

The National Weather Service forecast a sunny start to Monday with a high near 79 and an evening low around 64. Tuesday will cool down a bit with a high near 76, with showers likely to arrive after 9 p.m. Temperatures on Wednesday will drop a little further, with a high of 74, a slight chance of rain and wind gusts of up to 24 mph.

The work week will end on a warmer note, with highs of 81 and 86 on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

Looking ahead, AccuWeather Boston predicts a 60% chance of thunderstorms next Saturday and Sunday, with highs in the 80s.

Massachusetts is now ‘drier than the desert’

Due to the ongoing drought, the Boston area is officially “drier than the desert,” according to the NWS, which reported that since July 1, Las Vegas has reported 1.28 inches of rain, less than average. 0.88 inches from Boston.

A monsoon that hit Las Vegas on Thursday dropped 0.58 inches over the city. β€œThat makes it the wettest monsoon in ten years! And we still have a month and a half to add to our total! Las Vegas NWS Officials tweeted Friday.

Meanwhile, Massachusetts has no significant rainfall in sight.

The US Drought Monitor reports that 24% of the state – including the Greater Boston area – is in “extreme drought”. Ninety-five percent of Massachusetts is in some form of drought. Last week, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs declared a Critical Level 3 drought in four regions of the state. The agency also upgraded Cape Cod to a Level 2 significant drought.

The NWS said rivers in Massachusetts remain very low, especially in the southeast, some at record highs. Environmental experts said the region needed several months of above-normal rainfall to fully recover from the drought and adequately raise groundwater levels.



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