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Worst of the rain is over — improving weather ahead

Now that the worst of the downpours is over, the weather will gradually improve for the rest of the week. Skies will clear and temperatures will rise a few degrees each day until they hit the low 90s Friday, the National Weather Service says.

Today skies will be partly sunny, and temperatures will rise to around 70 degrees. There is a chance of a few sprinkles or even a few light thunderstorms in the afternoon as a low pressure system moves through the region.

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Between 1 to 2 inches fell across Eastern Massachusetts, said meteorologist Charlie Foley.

Some areas experienced heavy rain mixed with thunder and lightning. In Springfield, there were reports of downed wires, as well as an attic fire in a house hit by lightning. Other fires, in Haverhill, Bristol, Hillsborough, and Tyngsboro, were also apparently sparked by lightning, the weather service reported.

There were also reports of streets flooded and downed trees in Hampden, Bristol, and Worcester Counties.

Wednesday will be partly sunny with temperatures in the mid-70s.

Skies will be mostly sunny Thursday with highs in the low 80s.

Friday and the weekend will be humid with sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s.

Alli Knothe can be reached at aknothe@globe.com.
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