Another beautiful day, but clouds, showers are expected Thursday

Seasonably warm temperatures and low humidity levels continue today as a high pressure system approaches from the south and asserts itself in the region. Today will be mostly sunny, with temperatures in the mid-80s, according to the National Weather Service.

“Today is going to mirror yesterday, it looks like a great day to close out July,” said weather service meteorologist Charlie Foley.

As of Monday, Boston appeared headed toward the third warmest July on record, with average temperatures for the month at 77.3 degrees. The warmest July in Boston was recorded in 1983, with an average temperature of 78 degrees, according to the weather service.

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Temperatures could be slightly warmer today than Tuesday, excluding the coast, where the effects of a sea breeze will moderate temperatures a few degrees. Dew points will stay comfortable in the upper 50s. Tonight will be mostly dry and evening temperatures will approach 70 degrees.

Thursday will begin mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Dew points will gradually rise throughout the day, bringing some stickiness to the state by early evening, according to the weather service.

Chances of precipitation will increase in Western Massachusetts by around 4 p.m., and showers and possibly a few thunderstorms could develop Thursday into Friday.

Periodic rain will continue throughout the state Friday. “Where it does rain we are going to get some sharp, intense soakers,” Foley said.

Temperatures will remain seasonable over the weekend in the mid-80s. Saturday and Sunday should be mostly sunny, although showers are possible, especially Sunday.

“It’s more likely you are going to be dry than experience any precipitation this weekend,” Foley said.

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