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    May starts off with cold rain; unsettled weather expected to continue through Wednesday

    Massachusetts residents who venture outside are shivering today, with a cold rain coming down and puddles seeping into shoes. National Weather Service meteorologists say the unstable weather is likely to continue through Wednesday.

    Temperatures are in the mid-50s today, with a gusty wind in most areas. About an inch of rain is expected to fall. Meteorologist Charlie Foley said that will help address the precipitation deficit that has many areas of New England currently in a state of drought.

    This afternoon the rain will mostly come to an end but there is a good chance many areas will experience some lingering showers or light drizzle into the night.


    Wednesday’s weather will continue to be volatile, Foley said, with cloudy skies and the occasional drizzle. Temperatures will be in the low 50s.

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    Partly sunny skies are expected Thursday with highs in the upper 60s.

    On Friday, temperatures be in the 70s for most of the region, but it will reach almost 80 degrees in some parts of the state.

    From Friday into Sunday morning there is a chance of rain due to a low pressure system moving to the south of the state.

    Alli Knothe can be reached at