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Friday starts off with sun, but rain is moving in

Here comes the sun — and then the rain, the National Weather Service says.

After a dry, partly cloudy morning, a storm is expected to arrive, dousing Massachusetts with up to an inch of rain by Saturday afternoon, forecasters said.

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“By this afternoon we’ll start getting a few spits [of rain], but the brunt of it will be overnight,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Simpson. “We’ll probably see around three-quarters of an inch in Boston.”

The Berkshires could receive more than 2 inches of rain, potentially causing some smaller streams to flood. “No major rivers, though,” Simpson said. “They’re still pretty dry.”

Today will start as partly cloudy, with high temperatures near 71 degrees. Clouds will become heavier in the afternoon as temperatures drop into the upper 50s.

Some light rain showers could arrive in the late afternoon, changing to heavier rain showers after 1 a.m. Between a quarter- and a half-inch of rain could accumulate overnight.

Saturday will start out rainy and warm, with high temperatures near 73 degrees and another half-inch of rain possible before noon. Showers should peter out in the afternoon, giving way to clear skies and low temperatures in the mid-50s.

The sun should return Sunday, though temperatures will crest at a cooler 65 degrees. Some light, scattered showers could return after 2 p.m. and continue through the evening. Skies will become mostly cloudy overnight as low temperatures drop to 52 degrees.

Next week should be off to a less wet start. “We’ll be in the mid-60s, with more clouds than sun,” Simpson said. “There’s a chance of showers Monday and Tuesday, so it’s not overly nice.”

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