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Next 10 Days: No Substantial Drought Relief

The weekend weather looks good for weekend plans, though

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    Today (Friday): Sunny, pleasant, chance PM CT shower. Highs in the 80s. Overnight Friday Night: Areas of clouds & fog develop. Lows in the 60s, 50s north. Saturday: Warm, fair, chance PM shower west. Highs in the 80s. Sunday: More humid, late thunder west and at night. Highs in the 80s. (Published Friday, Aug. 19, 2016)

    With the expansion of the extreme drought classification for the entire Boston Metropolitan area through the Merrimack Valley into Manchester, New Hampshire, we've reached a point where some groundwater wells are running dry, and both short and long term impacts to groundwater and crops are unavoidable.

    As such, it's important that we all conserve in the drought area, whether mandatory water restrictions have been ordered or not, as no substantial rain is in the forecast, save for a possible line of rain and thunder Sunday evening and night.

    Until then, we may see a Connecticut shower Friday afternoon and a western New England shower Saturday afternoon, but otherwise sun and clouds with highs in the 80s - great for weekend plans, just not for the rain tally.

    Sunday brings a southeast wind that will increase humidity for one and all, so much that we see stubborn clouds and drizzle at the mid-Maine coast with highs only in the 70s, while the rest of New England reaches the 80s once more.

    Sunday evening and night a cold front approaches from the west, sending a line of rain and thunder from west to east across New England, and though the rain may linger into Monday morning, this system keeps moving and gives way to very dry and comfortable air for the remainder of next week, until perhaps a Friday or Saturday afternoon storm next weekend... the reason we're not overly optimistic on any meaningful rainfall next week.

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