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Boston Weather: 25.0°F | Mostly Cloudy

Weather: Needed Rain on the Way

By Michael J. Ring
STAFF METEOROLOGIST -- After several days of clear skies for the first half of Orientation, stormier weather is on the way. A weak disturbance which has been parked over the Southeast for the past few days will finally slide northeastward today, bringing rain to Washington this morning and New York this evening. Today should be dry in Boston, but the storm will arrive here by Thursday morning, bringing showers to the region. As this system is slow moving, do not be surprised if rain showers last though Friday as well.

While the rain may complicate any outdoor plans for the end of Orientation, it will be quite beneficial for the region. Drought fears from early spring were allayed by above-average precipitation in May and June, but July and August have been drier than normal and the precipitation deficit has again widened. A few days of rain showers should help alleviate the shortfall.

Extended Forecast

Today: Sunny early, but clouding up during the afternoon. Cool with the high only reaching 70°F (21°C).

Tonight: Cloudy with rain showers toward dawn. Low near 58°F (14°C).

Thursday: Showers likely. Continued cool with a high near 65°F (18°C).

Thursday night: Continued chance of showers. Low near 58°F (14°C).

Friday: Lingering showers early, then clearing in the evening. High near 72°F (22°C) and low near 57°F (14°C).

Saturday: Partly cloudy with continued below-normal temperatures. High again near 72°F (22°C).