The U.S. drought monitor says 17 percent of Massachusetts is experiencing extreme drought conditions, with another 55 percent in severe drought.
The final weekend of meteorological summer features great weather for all outdoor activities.
The string of nice days with warm afternoons continues.
Readings today will rise into the 80s -- and may even hit 90 degrees in some areas.
Fine weather continues the rest of the week and into the weekend.
The EF-1 tornado's path was an estimated 400 yards wide and a half mile long.
Overnight rain was a bit helpful to slow the drought, but dry weather all week will keep those areas in extreme drought from improving
A very nice weekend ahead full of sunshine and warm temperatures with just a slight chance of clouds and some drizzle on Sunday.
Mainly dry and warm weather is in the forecast through the weekend.
Sunny, dry and warm weather is on the way through the weekend.
While showers and storms are in the forecast not all areas will see them today.
With no chance of rain, Monday will be a good beach day.
Friday will be very similar to Thursday, with more heat and humidity and a chance of showers and thunderstorms.
The area in "extreme drought" -- nearly 4 percent of the state -- covers parts of Middlesex and Essex Counties north of Boston.
Today will feel like one of the hottest days of the summer.
This afternoon will turn more humid and then the heat is on for Thursday and the start of the weekend
The dry pattern is starting to show signs of breaking, with greater humidity making its way into the Boston area.
More warm and sunny weather is expected for the next two days with thicker humidity coming back by the middle of the week.
With a chance of showers and storms on Saturday, Sunday is the pick of the weekend with plenty of sunshine.
Saturday will be humid with a chance of scattered showers in the afternoon, though.