It's damp and cool this morning with leftover pockets of drizzle and mist. A warm front will lift trough and will bring back warmer more humid air. Spotty showers and thunderstorms are possible this afternoon with highs near 80. Clouds will linger with a few splashes of sunshine here and there. Tomorrow and Thursday will still be warm and muggy with highs back near 80. There may still be a showers and storms around as a cold front washes out over the area.

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A huge dome of high pressure will build in later in the week and will bring dry, warm conditions to us in time for the first weekend of The Big-E.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Florence continues as a major category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 130 mph down from 140 mph. The storm continues to move towards the Untied States WNW at 15 mph and is expected to maintain or even re-strengthen . Hurricane watches have been posted from the Virginia-North Carolina boarder into South Carolina. High pressure will deflect Hurricane Florence into the Carolina Coast, most likely over North Carolina late Thursday night or Friday morning. This means impacts will be minimal here in western Massachusetts and most of the northeast. The storm will stall out after making landfall and rain itself out across the interior southeast. Rainfall totals could be epic, with up to 20" of rain possible! Not to mention major storm surge and incredible wind gusts as the storm makes landfall.

Florence will bring us high surf and dangerous rip currents so be aware if your venturing in the ocean this week.

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