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Sunny Thursday, with chance of storms west of Boston

A chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon will kick off a rainy pattern that will carry through the weekend and the beginning of next week, the National Weather Service said.

The weather will start out sunny today with high temperatures in the low 80s before a chance of showers and storms in the afternoon. Boston could stay dry, as the probability of rain remains low; the biggest threat will be in northwestern Massachusetts, said meteorologist Alan Dunham of the National Weather Service.

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“There could be one or two strong or possibly severe storms,” Dunham said. It’s “something we’re watching. The biggest concern today with those storms would probably be hail.”

Friday will likely be “pretty much the same thing as today,” Dunham said. “It’ll be a little warmer, a better chance of showers and thunderstorms,” though storms will still be more likely west of Boston. Otherwise, Friday is expected to be mostly sunny, with high temperatures in the low 80s. The possibility of storms and rain will continue overnight.

The likelihood of rain increases as the weekend begins, the weather service said.

“It’s not going to be a real stellar weekend, weather-wise,” Dunham said.

Saturday will likely see on-and-off rain throughout the day. “It won’t be a washout, but ... I think most everybody has got a chance of seeing a little bit of rain throughout the course of the day,” Dunham said. “I’d say predominantly light rain. It could be a little bit heavier. You can’t rule [storms] out, but I think it’s going to be just a plain rain event,” he said.

Sunday’s weather looks “maybe a little better, but not much,” Dunham said. Periods of rain are expected again; clouds will likely stick around throughout the day. Weekend temperatures will probably remain in the mid-70s.

The weekend showers are expected to continue through Monday before the skies begin to clear Tuesday.

“Tuesday and Wednesday are looking pretty nice,” Dunham said.

Kiera Blessing can be reached at kiera.blessing@globe.com.
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