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Rain, thunderstorms likely tonight, tomorrow

Rain and thunderstorms are expected to roll into Massachusetts today and Thursday before the skies clear up for the weekend.

“Boston should be OK till about 6 or 7 p.m., but in Western Massachusetts by 2 or 3 p.m. there will be a few showers and thunderstorms,” said meteorologist Bill Simpson of the National Weather Service.

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Simpson said the region could expect a gradual increase in humidity and clouds throughout the day, with temperatures escalating to the low 90s. Showers and storms are likely overnight, with heavy rain and wind gusts up to 24 miles per hour possible. Overnight temperatures could fall to the high 60s.

There should be a a couple of storms “this afternoon, a few tonight, but a better chance tomorrow,” Simpson said.

Thursday will likely be cloudy, with storms possible in the morning. Rain and storms could continue throughout the day, with temperatures reaching the low 80s. Showers are possible into the night, with temperatures falling to the mid-60s.

By Friday, the sun should be back with partly cloudy skies and high temperatures in the mid-70s, and an overnight low of about 50 degrees.

“We have a nice weekend coming up,” Simpson said.

Kiera Blessing can be reached at kierab@bu.edu. Follow her on Twitter at@kierablessing.

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