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Flood watch has been issued

Posted by David Epstein  June 26, 2013 05:00 PM

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The bulk of the area has seen warm and humid conditions today with only scattered storms. We still have a risk for thunderstorms through sunset, but even more rain is likely later Thursday and Friday. A flash flood watch has now been issued for the possibility of flooding from heavy rain both tomorrow and Friday. This watch is in effect for nearly all of southern New England. flood watch again.png(areas in green)

I'll be updating the details of the July 4th forecast on Twitter at @growingwisdom Please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.

As expected a few areas saw some wet weather earlier today and now we are waiting to see how much more shower activity pops before sunset. If you end up getting a storm it could be accompanied by torrential rain and vivid lightning. The activity will subside overnight with a low risk of additional rainfall.
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Tomorrow, a front that divides cooler muggy air from warm muggy air will sit through southern New England. This means showers can pop along the front and temperatures will vary from the lower 70s around Cape Ann to the mid-80s southwest of Worcester. It's that temperature contrast that will provide the focal point for heavy rain. I will be watching for something called "training" tomorrow. This is when the rain keeps developing over the same area. If precipitation training does occur, it can bring over 2 inches of rain to those towns in its path.

The broken record continues Friday with muggy air and more showers . Temperatures reach the upper 70s and 80s with the warmest air inland.
As we head into the weekend and early next week the train of moisture that has been the focal point of all the showers will shift somewhat west. This means the heaviest rain and most likely areas for rainfall will be over western New England and into New York. We won’t see the chance of showers and thunderstorms go away, but it will diminish. What won’t change is the humidity. That will remain very high and make for uncomfortable sleeping if you don’t have air conditioning. Temperatures will also soar to the upper 80s and lower 90s making for a very summery start to July. Right now, July 4th looks mostly rain free, but that ever present chance of evening thunderstorms will likely still exist. Pop goes the 4th.

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I'll be updating the details of the July 4th forecast on Twitter at @growingwisdom Please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.

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David Epstein has been a professional meteorologist and horticulturalist for three decades. David spent 16 years at WCVB in Boston and currently freelances for WGME in Portland, ME. In 2006, More »
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