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Boston Weather: 60.0°F | Overcast

Weather: Weather

Wet and Humid

The increasing humidity and risk of rain over the next few days means that more mosquitoes will populate the air. Unfortunately, more mosquitoes means an increased chance of catching the West Nile Virus. The virus, more prevalent in the Middle East, West Asia, and Africa, can in certain cases be fatal for humans. Already a dead cow and dead crow with the virus have been found in Jamaica Plain. In addition there is one documented case of a person in New York who has contracted the virus. Public health officials in Cambridge recommend that people wear long sleeves, put on light repellent, clean out their yards, and prevent puddles of stagnant water from forming.

Today: Partly sunny. A 40 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms. High near 90°F (32°C). Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight: Scattered thunderstorms, then partly cloudy and humid with patchy fog. Low around 70°F (21°C). Chance of rain 50 percent.

Thursday: Partly sunny. Continued humid with a 30 percent chance of an afternoon thunderstorm. High around 90°F (32°C).

Extended forecast

Thursday night: Humid with a chance of thunderstorms. Low around 70°F (21°C).

Friday: Less humid with a chance of showers. High 80 to 85°F (27-29°C).

Saturday: Chance of showers. Low in the 60’s (16-26°C). High 75 to 80°F (24-27°C).

Sunday: Partly cloudy. Low 60 to 65°F (16-18°C). High 75 to 85°F (24-29°C).