Warm and muggy conditions will continue today ahead of afternoon showers that will last into Friday. Fortunately, these conditions will fade, setting the stage for what the National Weather Service predicts will be a “gorgeous weekend.’’

Temperatures are expected to peak around 88 degrees, the weather service said.

“During the daylight hours, rain will likely fall south of the Mass. Pike,” said Alan Dunham, weather service meteorologist. “Overnight, the showers could fall anywhere.”

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Brief, heavy showers and thunderstorms will develop after 2 p.m. A majority of Massachusetts may remain partly cloudy and dry, depending on how the wet air mass organizes over the state, according to the weather service. Temperatures will drop into the 60s tonight, and more showers and strong wind will develop.

Friday morning could see some remnant showers from Thursday night, though conditions will become dry before 9 a.m. Skies will be mostly sunny, and temperatures will reach 82. The heavy humidity will fade by morning as dew points drop into the 50s, according to the weather service. Temperatures will dip into the 50s overnight, and skies will remain mostly clear.

“There may be some leftover clouds Friday morning, but then skies will become sunny and last through the weekend,” Dunham said. “There’s no two ways about it. It’s going to be a gorgeous weekend.”

Saturday will see dry and cool weather, as temperatures won’t climb above 75 degrees. Temperatures will rise slightly Sunday, cresting right above the 80-degree mark. Skies will be sunny through the weekend.

Humidity levels will rise early next week, and showers are possible, according to the weather service.

“It won’t be a total washout, but there is a chance for showers and thunderstorms,” Dunham said.

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