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Clouds and rain could dampen Labor Day

Thunderstorms could bring heavy downpours and flash floods to the region today and Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service said.

Scattered showers and storms will affect today’s holiday, though only some areas will see sustained rain. Those areas affected by storms will likely have heavy downpours that could cause flash flooding in urban areas or those with poor drainage.

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“It’s going to be very, very widely scattered, so the potential [for flash flooding] is minimal,” said Bill Simpson, a weather service meteorologist. The rain and storms could arrive “any time after early afternoon,” Simpson said. Otherwise, Labor Day will be mostly cloudy and humid, with temperatures in the mid-80s.

Tuesday will be similar, though with a little more sun. Skies will be partly cloudy, with temperatures in the upper 80s. Showers and storms will likely arrive by late afternoon again, bringing the same potential for flash flooding. Still, these storms will be intermittent, and some areas may see little or no rain.

Despite the severe storms in Worcester on Sunday that spawned a tornado, Simpson said today and Tuesday’s storms will probably not be as severe.

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The second half of the week will be warm, with temperatures hovering in the mid-80s, though Simpson said humidity will be less uncomfortable following the thunderstorms.

“It’ll certainly be warmer than usual but...we won’t be having a heat wave,” Simpson said.

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