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A sunny start to week, but rain likely for the Fourth

Last weekend’s sunny skies will likely stick around today and tomorrow, but thunderstorms and heavy rains are likely by the end of the week.

“We could be in for some pretty heavy rain Thursday to Friday,” said meteorologist Bill Simpson of the National Weather Service. “It could get pretty messy.”

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Today should be clear and sunny with high temperatures reaching the upper 80s. Overnight the region can expect partly cloudy skies and low temperatures in the high 60s.

Tuesday will likely be similar, with mostly sunny skies and high temperatures reaching 90 degrees and falling to the low 70s overnight.

Showers and thunderstorms are possible by Wednesday afternoon, with high temperatures in the low 90s. The chance for showers and storms continues overnight, while temperatures drop to the mid 70s.

Simpson said Western Massachusetts will probably be affected by the rain initially, but by Thursday, storms could be affecting “pretty much all of the state.”

Showers and storms are possible Thursday, with chances of rain increasing overnight. Temperatures may rise to the mid 80s during the day, and fall to 70 overnight.

A tropical system forming off the coast has the potential to bring strong winds and hail Thursday night into Friday, along with possible flash flooding.

“Hopefully, this tropical system will be pushed to the south,” Simpson said.

Showers are likely to continue on Independence Day, with a chance of thunderstorms and high temperatures in the upper 70s. Temperatures may sink to the mid 60s overnight.

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