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Our week-long sunny sandwich contains a showery Sunday filling

Dave Hayes maintains a daily blog on Facebook (facebook.com/WesternMassWeather), where he produces hyper-local reports, answers questions, and keeps more than 30,000 followers informed and educated about the weather.

Good day to you, denizens of the verdant lands of Windham County! The upcoming week is looking pretty good in terms of fair and pleasant weather, with a slight warming trend expected.

With respect to the U.S. Drought Monitor, we’re experiencing some dry conditions in the town of Vernon as well as neighboring Cheshire County in southwest New Hampshire.

The best chance for rain to help mitigate such aridity would be Saturday evening into the first half of Sunday, when a cluster of showers and thunderstorms may move through the region.

Otherwise, aside from some brief, isolated showers Wednesday, and again Thursday night, we should be dealing with a substantial amount of sunshine over the next seven days. Let’s jump into the daily details!

For Wednesday, our upper level low pressure system will be departing to the east, but with a remnant northwest flow, we could still see some isolated light showers or sprinkles. Expect highs to be in the low to mid 60s with more clouds than sun. Lows should drop down into the upper 40s with a light wind.

For Thursday, high pressure pushes into the Mid-Atlantic region, bringing us partly sunny skies and highs near 70 degrees. An isolated shower is possible Thursday night, mainly over northern portions of Windham County. Lows will be in the mid 50s.

For Friday and Saturday, more robust high pressure builds east from the Great Lakes region and brings us a pair of mostly sunny days with highs in the low to mid 70s and lows in the mid 50s.

However, clouds will be building into the region late on Saturday as a disturbance rounds the northern part of a ridge in the central United States and drops southeast into New England Saturday night and Sunday.

If this system couples with an expected strong low level jet streak, we could see some heavy showers and strong thunderstorms through the first half of Sunday. Highs on Sunday should reach the low 70s.

High pressure and fair weather should build back into the region for early next week with highs in the 70s and partly to mostly sunny skies. Have a great week!

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Amelia Stone (E Dummerston, Vermont, US) says...

Kudos to the Boston Globe for encouraging newspapers across the country to remind us all of the value of a free press, and to the Commons for hearing that call. The NYTimes article, A Free Press Needs You, concludes with the following: \"If you haven’t already, please subscribe to your local papers. Praise them when you think they’ve done a good job and criticize them when you think they could do better. We’re all in this together.\" Today I plan to subscribe.

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Thank you for your efforts to disseminate the news of the day and resist the hate-filled and deceitful rhetoric of this administration. I cannot believe, still, in this country that it is necessary for the press and regular citizens to defend themselves. Only one quarter or less of the citizens believe a word he says yet you are forced to defend yourselves because his speech is so incediary. The press is now officially our last line of defense.

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You nailed it perfectly.

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banar Singleton (Michigan, US) says...

Spot on...thank you for challenging those who would blanketly dismiss your opinion/facts to do their own \"facts checking\". Unfortunately I fear many if not most of these sheep will be lead to slaughter thinking that they are going to the trough.

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Foreign hand on the scale isn’t an unbiased conclusion. You argument might be more forceful without highlighting this issue.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #462 (Wednesday, June 6, 2018). This story appeared on page A5.

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