Heavy Rain and Lightning Hit New England

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Wednesday was day five of scattered heavy rain and thunder in New England, with warnings issued in parts of the region for severe thunderstorms and flash flooding throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

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It was mostly light rain on Saturday, but since then each day has featured downpours with embedded thunder. The threat continues through sunset Wednesday.

Slow-moving heavy rain with possible damaging thunderstorms continues to rotate counterclockwise through New England. In most locations, the heavy rain only lasts a few minutes, but there can be one or two spots to get 2 inches or more in a short time -- enough to cause some very local flash flooding.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued and later expired in parts Connecticut, Vermont and Massachusetts on Wednesday.

Temperatures are mostly in the 70s and low 80s through sunset, then cooling into the 60s with patchy dense fog again overnight.

Thursday is a brighter day, with fewer showers and downpours. The air should be coming more from the southwest allowing for warmer weather and high temperatures near 90 degrees in parts of western New England to the low 80s east.

The upper level finally moves away Thursday afternoon and Thursday night, but then we have a front coming from Canada to return the threat of showers on Friday.

Cooler air will be moving into Maine with wind from the north on Friday. That will set up a boundary and southern and western New England with some heavy rain and thunder will be possible once again.

That front stalls just south of New England this weekend, so we may end up with showers on Saturday and Sunday. But we are optimistic that most of the Fourth of July weekend should be dry for most of New England, as seen in our First Alert 10-Day forecast.

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