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After brief respite, rain will stick around

Residents can expect a gloomy Thursday in Boston.

Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

Residents can expect a gloomy Thursday in Boston.

It’s raining, it’s pouring.

After a wet, gloomy day today, the region will see a burst of sunlight Friday and Saturday before swinging back into rain and thunderstorms Sunday, forecasters said.

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Heavy rain began early today in Connecticut, causing minor flooding to several small rivers there, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham.

Minor flooding may become a problem for Massachusetts as the storm passes through the area, especially in urban areas with poor drainage, forecasters said.

“Today’s showers will be mainly in the morning, and then it will be hit-or-miss showers during the afternoon,” Dunham said. “The heaviest rain is moving across Southeastern Massachusetts now, in Plymouth County, Barnstable, and Cape Cod.”

High temperatures should crest at 68 degrees in Boston, with cloudy skies and some areas of patchy fog before 2 p.m. Scattered rain showers and thunderstorms should continue into the evening as temperatures sink to 52 degrees.

Sunny and dry conditions should return Friday, with clear skies and high temperatures near 69 degrees. Some clouds could arrive in the evening as low temperatures drop to 50 degrees.

“Saturday is looking nice — another mostly sunny day,” Dunham said. High temperatures should climb to nearly 70. Some clouds could roll in during the evening as temperatures sink into the upper 40s.

Stormy weather will make a comeback Sunday. Some storms could even bring hail to Southeastern Massachusetts and parts of Cape Cod, forecasters said.

“We have some cold air moving in, so there may be some hail,” Dunham said.

High temperatures in the lower 60s should drop into the mid-40s overnight. Showers should peter out overnight, giving way to a dry and sunny start to next week.

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