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    Week off to sunny start, but rain expected midweek

    The week is off to a sunny start, but forecasters say showers and thunderstorms are expected to douse the region by Wednesday.

    “The sun will be out today, and it will be bright and sunny all day long,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham. “Then showers are likely and a chance of thunderstorms mainly during [Wednesday] afternoon.”

    Today should be sunny with high temperatures climbing to the 70s along the coast and around 80 in the interior. Skies should stay clear into the evening as low temperatures begin sinking into the 50s and 60s.

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    Sunny skies are expected to return Tuesday, along with highs in the high 70s and lower 80s.

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    “It’ll be getting a little warmer and will start to feel a bit more humid,” Dunham said.

    Clouds should roll in during the evening, with low temperatures sinking into the 60s overnight.

    Rain is expected to start falling Wednesday morning, though temperatures should climb to the high 70s and low 80s. Showers and thunderstorms are likely between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Low temperatures are expected to drop into the mid- to upper 60s.

    “Showers will go into the night hours Wednesday night, and might even be hanging around Thursday,” Dunham said.

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    Rain is possible after 9 a.m. Thursday, though skies are expected to become partly sunny by midday. High temperatures should climb into the 70s. Mostly cloudy skies should arrive in the evening as low temperatures drop to the lower 60s.

    The sun will return Friday, with mostly sunny skies and high temperatures in the mid-70s. Skies should become partly cloudy in the afternoon, and low temperatures are expected to sink to the low 60s overnight.

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