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Intense rain possible Thursday afternoon

  • University of Massachusetts employee Sandy Harrington has the walkway between the Integrated Learning Center and the UMass Pond all to herself — save for a few ducks — earlier this year, the first rainy day of spring break for students. KEVIN GUTTING/Gazette Staff



@DaveEisen
Thursday, July 07, 2016

After a long spell of mostly dry weather, the region can expect some intense rain storms in some areas Thursday.

Scattered thunderstorms could drop as much as an inch of rain within 30 minutes, according to Bill Simpson, meteorologist at the National Weather Service forecast office in Taunton.

“If it rains, it is going to rain pretty hard,” he said.

Storms could start late morning at the earliest, but are most likely in the early afternoon, he said.

The rain comes after the hottest day of the year Wednesday, when the weather service recorded a high of 95 at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, which is indicative of weather in the Pioneer Valley area, Simpson said.

That and the reading the day before of 88 degrees represented the first 90-plus or near 90 degree temperature of the year, he said.

Rainfall in June this year was only at about 40 percent of the average for that month, Simpson said.

However, intense storms like the ones expected Thursday are not as beneficial to the soil and plant life as gradual rainfall over several weeks, he said.

In the days to come, there are more showers expected, but cooler temperatures. While Thursday and Friday are expected to have highs in the upper 80s, Saturday and Sunday are both listed with highs at 76 degrees. There is a chance of rain for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The full forecast can be seen at www.weather.gov.