THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
The holiday weekend will offer good weather, for the most part! There is only one – or perhaps two -- short windows of time when there will be rain.
Today will start out sunny, then we can expect increasing cloudiness during the afternoon. However, we don’t have to worry about any rain until after dark. Temperatures will rise into the 70s away from the coast. A southerly breeze will develop as the day progresses as the center of high pressure slips offshore.
Showers and thunderstorms tonight
Showers and a few thunderstorms will move across the state tonight. Some showers could produce a brief downpour. The period will otherwise be mainly cloudy with lows in the middle and upper 50s.
Much warmer Sunday
A few showers could linger very early Sunday morning. Otherwise, Sunday will be partly sunny and much warmer with temperatures rising well into the 80s away from the coast! Temperatures at the beaches will be in the 70s to near 80 degrees. A batch of showers and thunderstorms could move through the state Sunday night, but there is a chance they’ll slip by to the south of New England. If we do get any showers, they’ll be long gone by Monday morning.
Sunny and warm Memorial Day
Memorial Day is shaping up to be a gorgeous day for outdoor activities! The sky will be mostly sunny, and the humidity will be low thanks to a north to northwesterly breeze. The afternoon will be pleasantly warm with highs in the upper 70s and lower 80s. Even the beaches will warm with a land breeze much of the day. The wind will probably turn onshore at some point during the afternoon.
Wet weather returns Tuesday
The work week will begin with cloudier, wetter weather. A warm front will move into southern New England on Tuesday. It’ll bring clouds and, potentially, a round of showers. Highs will range from the upper 60s at the coast to the low and middle 70s inland.
The forecast for Wednesday is tricky. 90-degree heat is now looking less likely than we had discussed before. Instead, our latest thoughts are that highs could be in the 70s or 80s, wholly dependent on the behavior of a back door cold front, and whether it successfully crosses from the Boston area, southwest and through Connecticut. Where the front has assuredly cleared in eastern sections of southern New England, the air will remain quite cool with highs in the 60s. With the front nearby, we’ll likely see partly to mostly cloudy skies, and a shower or two will be possible.
Warm and humid Thursday
By Thursday, we should get into a southwesterly flow of warmer and more humid air. Temperatures are expected to rise well into the 80s. We’ll see a mix of clouds and sunshine, and a shower or thunderstorm is possible. A cold front will pass through the state Thursday night with scattered showers and thunderstorms.
The week will end on a pleasant note. Friday should be mostly sunny, and a northwesterly breeze with usher in dry air. We are forecasting highs in the middle to upper 70s, which is quite pleasant!
Meteorologist Mike Cameron and Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest
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