Forecast discussion: If you were up early Saturday morning, you probably noticed it felt more like the daytime hours in early April. Although we never reached the all-time low for May 23 at 40 degrees, 44 degrees is still rather cool. Our high temperature was also below normal, as we only reached a high of 65 for Saturday in Boston. A cold dome of air in the upper levels of the atmosphere was the reason for the cold temperatures today. It will be moving into eastern Canada through the night, and high temperatures tomorrow will reach the upper 70’s.
It will be a good day for the beach, but you may decide not to wear a hat. Winds from the southwest will be reaching up to 20 mph, and the forecast winds had the National Weather Service issue an Elevated Fire Risk for all of Massachusetts. So, please be sure you put out any fires you created, as any embers could be picked up by the winds and set fire to dry timber further away from you.
As we move into Memorial Day, a warm front over Oklahoma at the moment will move its way toward the north and east. This boundary is creating more heavy rain for Texas and Oklahoma. The warm front may create some scattered showers during the day, but I would not call the day a washout. The memorials and parades should go on as scheduled, with high temperatures reaching the upper 70’s.
As we move into Tuesday, that frontal boundary will continue to give us humid conditions, with more moisture from the Gulf of Mexico moving over Southern New England. With a slow moving cold front to our west, there is the chance for showers and isolated thunderstorms from Tuesday into Thursday. The best chance at seeing precipitation will be the early afternoon into the early evening hours. The chances will decrease once the sun sets, as there will be no more daytime heating to help create this activity.
The front will finally move offshore by Thursday afternoon. High pressure ridging will build over New England Thursday night, giving us dry weather and partly to mostly sunny skies entering next weekend. Temperatures will range from the upper 70’s to lower 80’s for highs, with lows in the lower to middle 60’s.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Partly cloudy with a low of 51.
Sunday: Mostly sunny and windy. We will see a high of 79. Expect west-southwest winds of 17-20 mph and occasional gusts of 30 mph.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy until 3 a.m., then increasing clouds. We will see a low of 59 with southwest winds of 11-14 mph.
Memorial Day: Mostly cloudy with the chance for showers by the late morning. We will see a high of 79.
Monday night: Showers end by midnight, but remaining mostly cloudy. We will see a low near 63.
Tuesday: Cloudy and more humid with widespread showers and isolated thunderstorms after 3 p.m. We will see a high of 82.
Tuesday night: Scattered to widespread showers with a low of 65.
Wednesday: Cloudy with the slight chance for showers/thunderstorms. Highs 83-86, lows 64-67.
Thursday: Scattered showers/thunderstorms end by the early afternoon. Highs 80-83, lows 63-66.
Friday: Mostly sunny by mid-morning. Highs 77-80, lows 62-65.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers/thunderstorms by the late afternoon. Highs 79-82, lows 62-65.