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Forecast: Rain Expected Wednesday

BOSTON — Nice weather will be scarce the next couple of days with clouds and a period of rain, some of it quite steady Wednesday afternoon and night. For today the story is an easterly flow of air off the ocean providing clouds and cool temperatures. Highs will not exceed 50 along the coast and barely crack that number inland. The winds will be strong at times making for a very raw day.

Tonight cloudy skies continue with lows around 40. Tomorrow a storm system lifts through the Great Lakes and it will push a frontal system eastward to the East Coast. This weather system is the same one which has brought severe weather to the country the past several days.

Rain will begin in the morning. It appears the commute into work will be mostly dry or with just a few light showers. However, by the time you head home Wednesday evening it will be quite wet with a steady rain. The heaviest rain moves through in the early morning hours of Thursday and then ends. Most of the rain will be over by the commute to work on Thursday.

Nice weather finally returns just in time for the weekend with sunshine on Friday and mild air. Highs will rebound into the 60s and remain their throughout much of the weekend.  Saturday is the best day of the two, with a few clouds and perhaps some shower activity at some point later in the weekend, but this could change by then.

Tuesday: Cool with mostly cloudy skies. A brisk east wind will keep temperatures in the mid to upper 40s.

Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy with a low around 40 and an east wind of 6 to 10 mph.

Wednesday: Rain overspreading the area later in the morning and early afternoon. Highs in the 40s.

Thursday: Rain ends in the morning. It will become milder with highs in the low to mid 60s.

Friday: Mostly sunny and pleasant with highs of 61 to 66.

Saturday: Partly sunny and seasonable. Highs of 60 to 65.

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