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Long-range forecast: Hot and humid July in Massachusetts

Long-range forecast: Hot and humid July in Massachusetts

Long-range forecast: Hot and humid July in Massachusetts

MASSACHUSETTS — Now that the fireworks are winding down, it’s time to look ahead to what’s in store for the rest of July — and hot, humid weather could be it, according to long-range forecasts.

The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center recently released its long-range forecast for July. Massachusetts has a 50 to 60 percent chance of warmer-than-usual temperatures and up to a 40 percent chance of heavier-than-usual rainfall.

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On July 4, the Climate Prediction Center released short-term outlooks for the next two weeks, and they match the outlook for the full month almost exactly.

A little wet weather could be beneficial for some parts of the state. The U.S. Drought Monitor says parts of Essex, Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin and Berkshire counties are “abnormally dry” right now, representing the lowest level of drought danger.

This weekend, a rainy Saturday and a dry Sunday are expected with highs near 90 degrees heading into the work week.