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Boston Weather: 49.0°F | Overcast

Weather: What Drought?

By Bill Ramstrom
STAFF METEOROLOGIST -- A pattern of persistent clouds and occasional rainshowers is moving into the area today, and will likely last through the weekend. While we should not see all-day rain on any of the upcoming days, we can expect a chance of showers anytime from this evening through Sunday. So unfortunately, after a very dry summer, we will not luck out with continued fair weather.

The tropics have become quite busy in the last few days, with Hurricane Bret striking the Texas coast last weekend, and three new tropical cyclones -- Cindy, Dennis, and Emily -- are all active at this time. Dennis is the closest to the mainland US, over the eastern Bahamas as of Wednesday evening. The current forecast for Dennis is that it will approach the southeast US coast by the weekend. Steering currents are then expected to push Dennis out to see south of New England by Sunday. Cindy and Emily are currently far from the US mainland and not a near-term threat.

Today: Mostly cloudy, high near 80°F (26°C).

Tonight: Cloudy with a chance of a shower. Low 67°F (19°C).

Friday: Cloudy with rain showers. High 78°F (25°C).

Friday Night: A few showers. Low 67°F (19°C).

Weekend: Some sun, but plenty of clouds with a chance of

showers both days. Highs around 80°F (26°C).