A break from humidity today, before the next heat wave arrives

Dry weather will dominate the state today, but a few spot showers and thunderstorms can’t be ruled out in Southern Massachusetts. Temperatures inland could climb into the low 80s, with a Northeast breeze along the coast likely to cool things down into the mid-70s, according to the National Weather Service.

“The further north you go today, the lesser chance of precipitation,” said meteorologist Bill Simpson.

Areas south of the Massachusetts Pike will see the greatest chance of rain today, although it won’t be as heavy as earlier in the week. Chances of precipitation will elevate at night, with a few bursts of showers again possible in the south. The chance of precipitation this evening in Boston is 20 percent, according to the weather service.

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Saturday could see scattered showers developing in Southern Massachusetts by afternoon, but the day should stay fairly dry. Temperatures statewide should stay in the lower 80s, with comfortable humidity levels, Simpson said. A seacoast breeze is again likely to sweep through eastern Massachusetts, cooling the region by a couple of degrees.

The heat and humidity will begin to ratchet up Sunday, with dew points reaching 70 by the afternoon and temperatures climbing into the upper 80s. Things will stay dry Sunday, with partly sunny skies gracing most of the state, according to the weather service.

The week will bring more intense heat, with temperatures between 85 and 95 degrees throughout the state. With the addition of high humidity levels, temperatures could feel like 100 degrees by next week, according to the weather service.

“A heat wave is certainly possible Monday through Thursday,” Simpson said. “Enjoy the seasonable temperatures while they last.”