By Jacob Wycoff

BOSTON (CBS) — After a day’s worth of beneficial rain on Thursday, Friday seems quite a bit brighter, despite the mostly cloudy skies. However, as we begin drying out, the wind will begin to pick up.

A Wind Advisory is in effect for southern New England from 12 p.m. Friday until 2 a.m. Saturday for the strong wind potential.

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Wind gusts will be sustained between 20-30 mph through Friday, with isolated gusts up to 50 mph. The strongest gusts will be in the higher elevations.

Isolated wind damage is possible, though not expected to be widespread.

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The storm that brought the soaking rain to the area is the system to blame for the wind. As it pushes off the coast, the low-pressure center will deepen, causing a strong pressure gradient over New England. The steeper the pressure gradient, the stronger the wind.

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The wind will relax somewhat on Saturday, though it will remain a bit breezy into the afternoon. Highs return to the low 60s on Saturday, and to near 70 degrees on Sunday.

Jacob Wycoff