Metro

Dry and cloudy day followed by rainy night, weather service says

Though temperatures will rise Thursday, evening commuters may drive through heavy rain this afternoon as showers move across the state, the National Weather Service said.

The rain will hit Western Massachusetts first and is not expected to move into the greater Boston area until the afternoon, mainly after 3 p.m. Though most of the precipitation expected will be light showers, weather service meteorologist Bill Simpson said drivers could face heavy patches of rain that reduce road visibility.

However, he said, most of the heavy rain will hit Eastern Massachusetts overnight Thursday into Friday. Less than a tenth of an inch of precipitation is expected, the weather service said.

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“It becomes heavy at times for a period until right around sunset,” Simpson said. “It’s a slow progression west to east as far as the rain shield.”

As the rain moves in, temperatures are expected to hit the mid-50s by Thursday afternoon and remain in that range through Friday.

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