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Enjoy sunshine before rain moves in Tuesday night

The state has one more day of sunshine before a three-day streak of rain showers strikes, forecasters said.

“Rain will start late tonight, but we should eke out a great day today,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Kim Buttrick. “The general rainfall looks to be about a half an inch or less, and the greatest amounts are going to fall over Central Massachusetts.”

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Today will be sunny and warm, with high temperatures in the upper 60s near the coast and over 80 in the interior. Skies should become increasingly cloudy through the afternoon as the storm approaches. Rain will likely begin falling after 1 a.m. Wednesday, with low temperatures dropping into the 50s.

Showers should continue through Wednesday morning before petering out by 2 p.m.

“There’ll be a lull in the afternoon once this rain shield moves through,” Buttrick said. “It could be dry the second half of the day, then another chance of rain Wednesday night.”

High temperatures will rise into the mid-60s and low 70s. Showers could return during the evening as low temperatures sink to about the mid-50s.

More rain is likely Thursday. Skies will be cloudy and high temperatures will rise into the upper 60s. Heavier clouds should roll in overnight as temperatures drop to around the mid-50s.

“The drying as well as warming trend should start Friday,” Buttrick said.

Sunshine should return Friday, with high temperatures climbing into the high 60s and low 70s. Rain showers could fall before 11 a.m., though the afternoon is expected to stay dry. Some clouds could roll in during the evening as temperatures fall into the mid- to upper 50s.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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