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Massachusetts weather is set to be a bit wet today, with most of the state under a flash flood watch.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch on Friday morning for Boston and the majority of Massachusetts, as well as Rhode Island and parts of Connecticut. The flash flood watch runs through 4 p.m. Friday.

“Periods of heavy rain are possible today,” the National Weather Service wrote on Twitter, “and given how much rain we've seen recently, many places that normally pond water are already full or still draining.”

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Rain is expected to continue through late afternoon, with most areas expected to see to 2 inches of rain, though some locations could see up to 3 inches of rainfall.

The Massachusetts flash flood watch is exacerbated by the fact that rivers and streams around the state are already swollen due to recent rainfall. The ground is saturated as well, meaning it can’t absorb as much rain.

National Weather Service experts said that they are monitoring multiple streams that are within 1 to 1.5 feet of their flood stages. Some areas in Massachusetts saw more than 5 inches of rain this past week.

This September is already one of the wettest on record in terms of Massachusetts weather. According to meteorologist Dave Epstein, this year already marks the wettest September for Boston weather in a decade.

With the Massachusetts flash flood watch, experts are warning residents that they can expect poor visibility while driving and could see minor street flooding.

Massachusetts weather: beyond Friday’s flash flood watch

The flash flood watch extends until 4 p.m. Friday, and Massachusetts weather should be a bit drier after that.

For Boston weather specifically, residents could see a high of 74 degrees on Saturday, with some patchy fog but mostly sun prevailing, and then a sunny, high of 65 degrees Sunday.

“Much of next week looks mild with temperatures warmer than normal,” forecasters said. “There is a low risk for a few showers Tue night into Wednesday and again Thursday. Otherwise mainly dry weather prevail much of next week.”

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