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    Spotty showers will give way to partly sunny skies

    8/2/16 - Boston, MA - Christian Science Plaza - Commuters walked past the reflecting pool in the Christian Science Plaza in downtown Boston on a gray and pleasant Tuesday morning, August 2, 2016. Photo by Dina Rudick/Globe Staff
    Dina Rudick/Globe staff
    A pedestrian passed the reflecting pool in the Christian Science Plaza on a gray Tuesday morning.

    Spotty showers on Tuesday should clear eastern Massachusetts by the late afternoon, followed by another stretch of warm, sunny, and dry weather.

    “Clouds this morning should give way to partly sunny skies across eastern [Massachusetts] during the afternoon,’’ the National Weather Service wrote Tuesday. “High temps will be in the 70s and some partial sunshine will likely emerge from east to west’’ Tuesday afternoon.

    Overnight temperatures could drop down into the 50s overnight in Greater Boston, followed by warmer weather on Wednesday when temperatures reach into the 70s. Later in the week, temperatures are expected to return to the 80s.

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    The concern about drought conditions continues, forecasters said.

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    “The overall dry weather pattern in southern New England shows no signs of breaking,’’ forecasters wrote on social media. The abnormally dry weather is currently expected to last at least through Aug. 11.

    John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.