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A sunny start, then increasing clouds, rain overnight

The week is off to a dry start — but that should change by tonight, as widespread heavy showers soak some parts of Massachusetts with more than an inch of rain between tonight and Tuesday morning, forecasters said.

“We could see an inch and a quarter toward Worcester,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham. “Rain should start during the very end of the commute, then [continue] overnight and through tomorrow’s morning commute.”

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The weather service issued a warning today that showers could create some areas of minor flooding before Tuesday morning.

After a sunny start this morning, skies will gradually become cloudier as the storm approaches. High temperatures will reach 55 degrees. Rain should start falling everywhere in the state, except for Berkshire County, after 9 p.m. About a half-inch should fall. Low temperatures will drop into the mid-40s.

Showers should continue through Tuesday morning, with some thunderstorms possible before 11 a.m. All rain should peter out before noon, as high temperatures climb to 60 degrees. Some clouds should roll in during the evening as low temperatures sink into the mid-30s.

Sunny and dry conditions will return Wednesday in the Boston area, with high temperatures near 53 degrees. Mostly clear skies will prevail in the evening as temperatures drop into the mid-30s.

Thursday will be similar, with sunny skies and highs in the mid-50s. Skies should become slightly cloudy in the evening, with temperatures sinking to 45 degrees.

Those clouds will persist Friday morning, though there will be some sunshine. High temperatures should rise to 61 degrees, before sinking back into the mid-40s overnight.

“The last time we were in the 60s was March 28,” Dunham said. “We’ve had so many days of snow it gets hard to remember when it was warm.”

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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