More than 60 percent of Massachusetts in ‘severe’ drought

There is little or no rain forecast in the coming days

Massachusetts' drought status as of August 2nd, 2016. Areas in yellow are "exceptionally dry," areas in tan are in a "moderate drought" and areas in orange are in a "severe drought." Image courtesy: U.S. Drought Monitor

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts remains in the grip of a worsening drought.

According to the latest weekly update from the U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly 62 percent of the state is considered to be in severe drought, up from 40 percent a week ago.

In all, 92 percent of the state is in either moderate or severe drought, an area in which nearly 6.5 million people live. Only a slice of far western Massachusetts escapes the drought designation, though conditions there are considered “abnormally dry.”

State environmental officials issued a drought watch on July 1 for portions of the state and many communities have issued restrictions on outdoor lawn watering or other water use.

Aside from possible showers or thunderstorms on Saturday, there is little or no rain forecast in the coming days.

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– Local Forecast – Severe WX Text Alerts
– Temperatures – Severe WX Email Alerts
– Weather News – WWLP 22News WX App
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