Boston breaks daily rainfall record, more to come

Predicted rainfall for the next 72 hours. MEMA

Boston has broken another weather record. Just six months ago, snow was the challenge. On Wednesday, it was rain.

We’re only in phase one of a weather streak leading to Hurricane Joaquin over the weekend, but the city has already set a new daily rainfall record with 2.46 inches before the day was over, breaking the 116 year-run of 1.26 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

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There will be rain on and off over the next few days but “nothing’’ like the rainfall seen today, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

The agency said in a statement it is now focusing on the approach of Hurricane Joaquin, which could become a Category 2 or 3 storm over the next 24 hours. The track of hurricane remains uncertain, but the agency said the “cone of uncertainty’’ still includes New England.


The forcast track of Hurricaine Joaquin as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

“Needless to say we still need to keep a very close eye on him,’’ said Lt. Neal Aspesi of the Southborough Fire Department.

MEMA will be working with agency partners beginning Thursday to plan for Joaquin’s impacts.

Still, before the possible impacts of the impending hurricane, threats of additional rainfall, strong winds, and coastal flooding remain possible through Friday, according to the agency. Southeastern Massachusetts could get between 1.5 to 2.5 inches of rain through Friday night.


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