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Mailman Bill Lee walks his route along Adams Street in Quincy on Friday.

By Martin Finucane, The Boston Globe

Thunderstorms rolled from west to east across Massachusetts on Friday, reaching Boston by late morning. They brought heavy rain but were also expected to usher in relief: cooler, less humid weather after a brutally hot stretch, forecasters said.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms were expected to “blossom” through this afternoon ahead of an approaching cold front, the National Weather Service said in a forecast discussion posted on the Web. The rain could come down at a rate of more than 2 inches per hour.

A flash flood watch is in effect through the afternoon for Eastern Massachusetts, forecasters said.

[post_ads]“Some of the thunderstorms will be capable of producing very heavy rainfall in a short period of time. Thus the potential exists for significant urban and poor drainage flooding,” the forecasters said.

The forecasters said isolated damaging winds were possible. They also suggested the possibility of an isolated, brief tornado.

The rain arrived in Boston around 11:30 a.m. It was expected to continue until about 1:30 p.m., before rumbling out to sea, according to Accuweather.com’s Minutecast product.

As the cold front passes through Friday, humidity will rapidly descend into comfortable levels, generating a comfortably cool night, with lows dipping into the 50s. A few lows in the upper 40s are not out of the question, forecasters said.

The town of Orange, for example, is expected to see lows of 48 degrees. That’s a far cry from the 100-degree high there last Sunday.

A comfortable weekend is expected, with highs from the low 70s to 80 on Saturday and a few degrees warmer on Sunday.

Ninety-degree temperatures will return Monday, but humidity will be quite low so conditions will be comfortable, the forecasters said.

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