World and Nation

Storms to soak Boston area

The Institute will get wet today as a storm system that caused wind damage in several locations in the Mid-Atlantic moves northward over our region. Rain showers will move through the area throughout this morning and this afternoon, bringing with them the occasional heavy downpour, gusty wind, or rumble of thunder. Fortunately, these storms have weakened since striking the Mid-Atlantic on Wednesday, so significant damage or dangerous conditions are not expected. In all, less than an inch of rain should accumulate today — a much more manageable amount than was received on this day in 1998, when intense storms drenched eastern Massachusetts in over 5 inches of rain, and caused over 5 million dollars in property damage.

After today, things will clear up for the remainder of the weekend. With the exception of a brief shower possible tomorrow morning, sunshine and warm temperatures will make for pleasant weather on Saturday and Sunday. While temperatures will approach the 80-degree mark tomorrow, an afternoon sea breeze will preclude Sunday from being quite as warm. Sunshine will continue into Monday before another storm system approaches in the middle of next week.