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Cold June day again, but improvement is coming

The first day of June 2015 ended up being the coldest June day on record for many areas in southern New England. Boston’s failure to reach 50 degrees made it feel like April. It’s pretty amazing just how cold it was yesterday when you consider the sun is so strong this time of year. Even without any sun because of the clouds, for readings to say it was in the 40s was noteworthy.

Today is the third day in a row with measurable rain, and when today’s rain is over some areas will have exceeded 3 inches of it. This has put a huge dent in the drought, and Thursday’s drought monitor should indicate an improvement. I promise I won’t say we need rain for at least 10 days, even if it doesn’t rain again for a while.

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Temperatures over the mid-Atlantic this afternoon will be in the 70s and 80s, feeling like summer, while here in the northeast temperatures will once again be at least 20 degrees below normal. There is a front dividing the two air masses, and waves of rain have been moving along this front and will continue much of the morning.

Later this afternoon the rain will taper to showers and end. The rain could linger over Cape Cod for several more hours this afternoon. With all the rain over the past couple of days, a flood watch has been posted. The watch is in effect until 8 p.m. and is mostly for urban street flooding. The rivers are still well below flood stage due to the lack of rain since March.

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Tomorrow brings back the sunshine, but temperatures, while warmer, won’t be back in the 80s. Remember, those final eight days in May, when it was more like July, was highly unusual. Summer weather typically doesn’t arrive consistently around here until after the middle of June.

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The weekend looks good but not perfect. There might be a few showers Saturday, but it won’t be a washout, and I wouldn’t cancel anything yet. Sunday appears to be the sunnier of the two days.

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