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Forecast: Warm Monday, Showers Ahead

BOSTON — It’s chilly to the north of the Massachusetts Turnpike this morning with some areas over the north shore and along the New Hampshire border seeing readings in the 30s and lower 40s.

To the south, in Boston temperatures are in the lower 60s. The warm air will win out temporarily today with highs reaching the 70s in most areas. Along the south coast and Cape Cod it will be cooler with highs in the upper 50s and lower 60s. The further inland you travel, the milder it will become.

I expect to see a lot of sunshine today with the only issue being a strong southwest wind later this morning and into the afternoon.

Tonight will be another mild night with some patches of fog along the coast. Lows will stay in the 50s for most and it’s a keep-the-windows-open kind of evening.

Tomorrow showers are back in the forecast, but most of them will occur during the second half of the day and the first half of the night. This means the morning commute is mostly dry, but the evening one has a better chance of seeing rain and slowdowns.

I am not expecting enough rain to cause issues with rivers or even basements, but there could be heavy enough showers to see some street flooding.

Temperatures start warm and end up cold by morning. Many areas will be near freezing by Wednesday morning, over 40 degrees colder than this afternoon.

The chilly air continues through Friday with a moderating trend into the weekend. Presently, Patriots Day looks seasonable with partly sunny skies.

Monday: Mostly sunny with a high of 71 to 76 (60s on Cape Cod). Breezy with a gusty afternoon wind.

Monday night: Mild and breezy with clouds increasing. Lows of 52 to 59.

Tuesday: Breezy and mild with showers developing mostly in the afternoon. Highs of 65 to 70 with a touch of humidity in the air.

Tuesday night: Showers, heaviest before midnight. Thunder possible. Lows falling to 32 to 37 by morning.

Wednesday: Sunny, blustery and cold. Highs of 41 to 46.

Thursday: Sunny with a high in the mid 40s.

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