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Forecast: Thaw Continues Ahead Of Rainy Tuesday

BOSTON — The January thaw underway last weekend continues Monday with a stellar afternoon. Highs will reach the upper 40s and lower 50s with Cape Cod a bit colder, as winds there blow off the colder ocean highs will stay in the mid 40s.

This will be a nice afternoon to be outside if you don’t mind the gusty wind. Sunshine will be abundant all day and most places will see nearly 100 percent of the available sunshine. If you have been suffering from seasonal affective disorder this year, these sunny days are an opportunity to use the light to help alleviate those feelings. Staying in the sunshine just 15 minutes can make you feel a lot better.

The weather takes a turn Tuesday, as a weak system approaches the area. This will bring clouds and a period of rain for the second day of the work week. The rain looks to begin just prior to the morning commute, which means wet roads and a longer commute into work. The precipitation will end by sunset and roads should have a chance to dry out by then.

Temperatures continue mild much of this week so the bulk, if not all precipitation will fall in the form of rain. A few more rain or snow showers can occur Wednesday and Thursday. Thursday we will have to watch a storm system moving to our east. The proximity of the storm to the coastline will determine how heavy our precipitation is on Thursday and also what form it will be in. Right now, I don’t expect enough cold air for any snow, although the higher elevations of Worcester County could see some wet snow if the storm comes close enough.

Monday: Sunny, with highs 48 to 53,  colder on Cape Cod, highs 42 to 48.

Monday night: Clouds will be on the increase. Mild overnight, lows 33 to 43, warmest on the Cape, Islands and Boston.

Tuesday: Rain overspreads the area early. Morning commute will be impacted. Highs in the upper 40s to lower 50s. Rain tapers off before sunset.

Tuesday night: Clearing overnight, but still not very cold. Lows 28 to 34 inland, 35 to 42 on the immediate Coast, Boston, Cape Cod and the Islands.

Wednesday: Partly sunny and continued unseasonable highs in the 40s.

Wednesday night: An early rain or snow showers. Turning colder by morning, lows 28 to 34.

Thursday: A morning snow shower, otherwise a blend of clouds and sunshine. Highs 35 to 40, warmest on the Cape and Islands.

Thursday night: Mostly cloudy, with a lows 21 to 29.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 38 to 44.

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