South Shore Emerges from Drought as Foliage Nears Peak

Photo by Joshua Ross Photography.

October 21, 2022 By Meteorologist Michael Page

After months of serious drought, much of the South Shore is now finally free from its grip.

While parts of north Hingham and Cohasset remain in moderate drought, south Hingham and the rest of Plymouth County is now only considered 'abnormally dry', just outside of official drought status.

As a result, Weir River Water System recently lifted its mandatory water restrictions.

Spring rainfall in Hingham was 6" below average, while summer rainfall came up almost 4" below average.

Now, since the start of fall, the town is up 3" from average, slowly eating away at that annual deficit.

Bright, beautiful weather conditions will dominate our forecast Friday and Saturday, before more periods of rain arrive Sunday into Monday.

The early part of this weekend will give you an opportunity to enjoy the foliage that is exploding around the South Shore. Right now the foliage is "moderate", meaning about 50% of the trees have turned. And some are quite stunning, boasting bright yellows and reds.

In the next week Hingham and Cohasset will likely be near peak foliage conditions.

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