BOSTON (CBS) – July is usually filled with barbecues, beach days, and nights outside around a fire pit or at a ballpark. But this year … the plans were changed and many had to take cover as a record amount of rain interrupted the summer plans. One thing is for sure, Mother Nature has watered the gardens and lawns has never looked. However, finding the time to mow the grass between laps of rain was a challenge. The city recorded 7.65 inches of rain from July 1-10, making it the wettest beginning of July on record.
Even if we’re not even halfway through the month, we’re already in 5th place for Boston for the wettest July on record. There is a good chance we will continue to climb the ladder as our current pattern is restless.
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There was only ONE day (July 5th) that we did not register any measurable rain, although a trail was recorded. There were also several days when the city received more than 1 inch of rain.
Most recently, Elsa brought heavy flooding to the area, with Boston on the 9th. We saw small rivers and creeks rise rapidly in some areas and several flash flood warnings as roads and underpasses were flooding. Basements were tested and sump pumps were put into operation. You’d think we’d take a break from all that rain … but we have more rain on the way and possibly flood rains. There just wasn’t enough time for things to dry up. Since a border was laid across the area from Sunday night to Monday and the pressure was low, a FLASH FLOOD WATCH was issued for a large part of the area.
Heavy rain and rainfall in the night through Monday will lead to flooding and congestion on the roadways. Some rivers and streams can rise again quickly. I don’t expect as much rain to fall as Elsa produced, but some communities can receive 1-2 inches of rain, with the greatest risk being along the MA / NH border.
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Since the soil is completely saturated, there is really no room for rain except low-lying areas. This boundary will shift along with downpours and continuous rain from southern VT and NH and along the MA boundary on Sunday night south through the area on Monday. Expect isolated showers and downpours to start your day. It also gets cooler than normal with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s.
Thunderstorms can develop in the afternoon, especially south of the MA Pike. Some storms can be strong to severe, with heavy rains and noxious winds being the main threats. The risk will decrease near or shortly after sunset.
On Tuesday it will be cool and cloudy with a few showers in the early morning. In the middle to the end of the week, the summer heat returns, along with higher humidity. There will be some dry seasons, but this choppy stretch goes on all week with the risk of daily showers and storms.
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