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Hurricane Dorian Headed for Cape, Islands; Tropical Storm Watch Issued

Dorian will make its closest pass to Cape Cod and the Islands Friday night and early Saturday morning

Even though Hurricane Dorian is still centered just off the Carolina coast, a Tropical Storm Watch is now in effect for Cape Cod and the Islands.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the next 48 hours.

In this case, Dorian will make its closest pass to us Friday night and early Saturday morning, meaning that is when we will likely have some tropical storm force gusts.

Before that point, we’re already seeing some clouds blowing off of the storm. That thin veil of clouds will continue to work up from the south today, with the most brilliant sunshine in Northern New England. Temperatures will be in the 60s and 70s with a light north wind.

Winds will stay calm tonight with lows in the 40s north, 50s south.

Clouds continue to thicken up on Friday as the storm accelerates off the coast. Friday will mainly be dry, however. Any rain would arrive near the South Coast, Cape, and Islands during the late day and evening hours.

As the storm passes by overnight, rain will pivot through more of New England. That includes parts of Central Massachusetts, Connecticut, Southern New Hampshire, and coastal Maine.

The rain will continue into Saturday morning, before the rain pulls away from west to east. Pockets of sun will develop during the afternoon.

Winds will also be strongest during the morning hours. Gusts 40-60 MPH are likely in Southeastern Massachusetts, especially the Cape and Islands. The highest gusts are likely on Nantucket.

Closer to Boston except gusts 30 to 40 mph.

Offshore waves will build to 10-20 feet, and the risk of rip currents will be high at area beaches this weekend.

Sunday will be beautiful, with lots of sun and highs in the 70s. Temperatures will drop into the 60s for kickoff at Gillette Stadium.

Next week also starts bright and pleasant with highs near 70.

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