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Weather

O-Rain-tation

By Cegeon J. Chan
STAFF METEOROLOGIST

Besides getting oriented to MIT and meeting new people, don’t forget about Mother Nature. Remember, umbrellas are your friends, particularly in Boston.

The first batch of steady rainfall will move out by noon, but another storm threatens outdoor activities tomorrow as well. There’s (relatively) a lot of uncertainty to the second storm. It may stay south enough for the rain to just miss Boston. It may also slow down, in which case, rain will occur later in the day. In any case, between now and Tuesday night, you will likely need an umbrella.

Is Boston always cloudy and rainy like this? Boston receives about 42 inches of precipitation a year. (For reference, about an inch and a half of rain will have fallen between yesterday and this morning.) It’s not uncommon to go days without seeing the sun. On average, there are 164 days a year where it’s considered “cloudy.” However, there are also 98 days a year that are considered “sunny” and starting Wednesday, it will be sunny. In fact, the end of the week looks dry with temperatures in the 70s F. So you’ll have to wait until Wednesday to get oriented with the sun.

Extended Forecast

Today: Steady rain in the morning with rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s F (24 C).

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. Lows in the lower 60s F (16 C).

Tomorrow: Scattered showers in the morning and rain likely in the afternoon. Highs in around 70 F (21 C).

Tomorrow Night: Mostly Cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s F (15 C).

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s F (26 C).