<![CDATA[NECN - Weather New England]]>Copyright 2017http://www.necn.com/feature/weather-new-england http://media.necn.com/designimages/clear.gif NECN http://www.necn.comen-usSat, 27 May 2017 11:44:11 -0400Sat, 27 May 2017 11:44:11 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Slight Warm-up With Some Showers for Memorial Day Weekend]]> Sat, 27 May 2017 09:44:31 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/SaturdayWeatherBlog.png

The sky today features a vivid contrast between heavy gray one minute and then blue sky the next. There's a lot of instability in the atmosphere creating these low-level clouds. Outside of a brief sprinkle, the day is dry with temperatures close to 70 degrees.

It is cooler at the shore with the light onshore breeze. For the Figawi sailboat race, we have variable wind at 10-15 miles per hour and light seas.

Beaches are partly to mostly cloudy with temperatures around 60 degrees, water temperature in the lower 50s.

At Fenway Park, the sky will be partly sunny, no heavy drizzle like yesterday, with a temperature falling from the 60s of the 50s and light wind.

In the mountains and at the lakes, it is mostly cloudy with the temperature in the 50s, though the summit of Mount Washington is only in the 30s with dense fog and a steady wind from the northeast.

The sun goes down after 8 p.m. and will feature a nice mix of cumulus clouds and blue sky. A brief glimpse of the new moon is possible just before it sets. It's Jupiter is the bright object in the southern sky this evening.

Temperatures overnight are kind of cool, in the 50s, and 40s in a few spots by morning, with patchy fog possible.

Tomorrow looks like a brighter and warmer day, with the sunshine factor closer to a 7 out of 10, and high temperature in the 70s. Once again, with light wind there will be a seabreeze with temperatures in the 60s at the beach.

The upper-level low pressure system that has been bringing us the clouds lifts out during the day tomorrow with weak high pressure allowing for the nicer weather.

A new upper level low pressure system digs into the Midwest during the day tomorrow and Monday. That will try and pull some hot weather from Texas toward New England, but it's not going to make it in. Instead a warm front will approach Monday morning with an area of rain and a thunderstorm and Western New England early.

Rain will diminish to showers and move east by midday and afternoon.

Many of the ceremonies in the eastern New England may get away with dry weather, but it looks wet in western New England.

Temperatures on Monday will get to the 60s briefly before falling back into the 50s.

Wind from the southeast 10 to 20 miles per hour.

Drier air is expected on Tuesday with a mixture of sun and clouds and temperatures in the 70s to near 80 degrees. Next week looks brighter and more seasonal with just scattered afternoon showers and temperatures mostly in the 70s.

<![CDATA[Spotty Showers Coming on Memorial Day]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 17:53:19 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000006515524.JPG

The system that brought a rain-filled couple of days will continue to pull off the coast, bringing any lingering showers with it. So, we showers will taper off through the overnight hours with a partial clearing of the skies. Overnight, lows dip into the upper 40s in northern New England, southern New England will see lows into the lower 50s.

A slight warm-up along with drier conditions stroll in for the weekend. Saturday brings mostly to partly cloudy skies with high temperatures into the lower 60s. A seabreeze kicks up along the coastline which will keep temperatures into the upper 50s for those locations.

Sunday brings another dry day with even warmer temperatures with locations farther inland reaching into the 70s, otherwise, coastal communities will see highs into the 60s under mostly sunny skies. Sunday is definitely the best day out of the holiday weekend for your outdoor plans as high pressure still dominates and steers a system to our south, but does not have that same power for Monday.

Memorial Day Monday brings a broken line of showers in from the west by the mid-afternoon. These will be scattered, so it will not be a washout for our Memorial Day ceremonies with temperatures near 60.

Looking ahead to the rest of the next week, temperatures trend into the 70s just as we change the calendar for the month of June, but the warm-up comes with chances for showers, but again, similar to Monday, not washouts, just spotty showers.

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<![CDATA[More Rain With Chance of Embedded Thunder Overnight]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 00:12:12 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Friday+WX+1+052517.jpg

After a soggy Thursday, we will see a lull in the rain in southern New England for a brief time in the evening before the next round of downpours with some embedded thunderstorms slide in from the south. Also, overnight, astronomically high tides will cause some minor coastal flooding as high tide crests just before midnight, so be mindful if any of your travels or if your neighborhood near the coast is susceptible to flooding.

As for the rain, similar to earlier Thursday, plumes of moisture will shift in from the south and continue to spread northward through the overnight with the heaviest downpours expected between midnight to 3 a.m. Friday for southern New England, northern New England into the afternoon hours, especially along the coastline. The rain will become scattered through the late afternoon Friday for southern New England with drier conditions for Connecticut and Rhode Island.

The system continues to pull off the coastline through Friday, with a few lingering downpours still hanging on in Maine, otherwise drying out for the rest of New England to start off the holiday weekend. Saturday brings a mix of sun and clouds with high temperatures into the low to mid 60s with a developing sea breeze that could keep temperatures cooler along the coast.

Sunday is another day with a mix of sun and clouds with more clouds sliding in by the evening ahead of our next system that will bring spotty showers late Sunday night into early Monday morning.

Memorial Day does not look like a washout by any means, but we will see a few spotty showers that we will have to dodge during our ceremonies with high temperatures into the lower 60s.

Looking ahead to the rest of the 10-day forecast, highs reach into the lower 70s as we approach the first day of June.

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<![CDATA[Rainy End to the Work Week]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 16:54:22 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/LKN_FCST_TODAY_BOSDMA_CONTOUR_ACTIVE11.png

A period of rain moves in for the first half of the day.

An overall cool and dreary day with precipitation breaking by the afternoon. Highs reach into the mid to upper 50s south and 60s north.

Coastal flood advisories are in effect from Maryland to Maine thanks to an astronomically high tide and onshore winds.

Showers and heavy rain fill back into New England overnight as developing low pressure moves near Long Island, NY.

Lows won’t drop off much, only reaching into the low 50s. Friday will feature continued cloudy skies with rain winding down. Another cool and dreary day on tap across New England. Highs moderate slightly across the south into the low 60s with temperatures rising to near 60 degrees across the north.

Looking to Memorial Day weekend, Saturday features improved weather as an area of high pressure slides in from the south. Mainly dry and partly sunny with high temperatures returning back to seasonable in the 70s.

Expecting sea breezes to develop along the coast, keeping those areas cooler in the 60s. The next storm system approaches the region from Ohio River Valley on Sunday. Expecting clouds to build back in with highs slightly cooler than Saturday in the mid 60s and near 60 degrees at the coast.

Memorial Day is looking partially dry as low pressure moves south of the region. Rain overspreads the region later in the day. A mild Tuesday and Wednesday are looking likely as an area of low pressure located over the Great Lakes draws warmer air on a southwest flow into New England. Highs return to near-normal in the 70s both days.

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<![CDATA[Rainy Couple of Days Precede Mostly Dry Holiday Weekend]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 00:00:15 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Thursdayweathermap.jpg

It was nice to see breaks in the cloud cover earlier this evening after a gloomy start, but more clouds will stream in ahead of our next system after midnight tonight.

Fairly mild conditions stick around through the rest of this evening and through the overnight under partly to mostly cloudy skies.

Thursday morning starts off dry before the leading edge of showers reach the southern coastline and will continue to spread north and eastward through the morning. By noon, the leading edge will reach southern Vermont, New Hampshire, and with heavy downpours around the Boston-area.

We’ll see the onshore wind, making it feel slightly cooler. Highs Thursday reach near 60, with many barely making out of the 50s.

We start off wet on Friday with the heaviest of the downpours advancing northeastward, stretching the line of downpours from Cape Ann all the way to Downeast Maine, along with the onshore wind. Timed with the astronomically high tides late Thursday into early Friday, minor coastal flooding and splash over cannot be ruled out.

We dry out slowly Friday, from southwest to northeast, by 6 p.m., which is great news for your Memorial Day Weekend plans.

Saturday looks pleasant with highs into the mid to upper 60s under more sunshine than clouds.

Sunday brings some more cloud cover, but most of the day will be dry, with a chance for some hit or miss showers advancing in from the west by the late evening.

Memorial Day Monday brings another round of hit or miss showers to the forecast, with highs into the low to mid 60s.

As far as the extended 10-day forecast, the trend is up, with highs into the 70s by the following weekend, just in time for the first weekend of June.

<![CDATA[Sunshine Today, Rain Tomorrow]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 13:19:59 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/10_DAY_ACTIVE+%2840%29.png

It's a rather gray start to our Wednesday, but sunshine will increase from northwest to southeast as the day goes on.

Any rain in southeastern New England should be done by noon, if not sooner. High temperature in the 70s inland, 60s at the shore with light wind, and local sea breezes.

Tomorrow we start off cloudy and rain is expected to advance from southwest to northeast through the morning into the afternoon.

Low pressure over Indiana may combine with low pressure forming south of Long Island, to generate a minor to moderate nor'easter later tomorrow and Friday.

Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches is expected, with temperatures falling into the 50s for tomorrow afternoon and into much of Friday.

Wind at the shore may near gale force, with astronomically high tides, we may experience some coastal erosion and minor coastal flooding at times of high tide late at night, and in the early afternoon.

If all goes according to plan, the low-pressure systems will combine and move away for a nice Saturday, with partly to mostly sunny skies and highs near 70°.

However the gradient between warm and humid weather in the southeast, and cooler air from Canada, may join to bring us another round of showers later Sunday into Monday.

It's still too early to call, but it looks like any rain would be fairly light, and perhaps mostly on Sunday night, allowing for mostly dry Sunday and Monday with temperatures in the 60s to near 70°.

We'll keep you posted.

<![CDATA[Sunny Breaks Warm Up Temps, But Rain Will Return]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 16:45:47 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Wx+Blog+Boston+May+23.png

A drying trend continues today as the low pressure system that brought rain to the region yesterday moves offshore. We're expecting partly cloudy skies with highs in the 70s inland, 60s at the coast.

High clouds will build in ahead of next approaching weather system. A coastal low develops along stalled front south of New England overnight. This will result in renewed chance of rain showers across Rhode Island, Cape Cod and the Islands.

Any rain showers come to an end by tomorrow morning as coastal system continues to trek offshore. Highs tomorrow reach into the low to mid 70s inland, upper 60s at the coast.

A wind-swept rain moves in for Thursday as the next weather system moves into New England from the Ohio River Valley. Highs on Thursday won’t get out of the low 60s. Can’t rule out possible thunder during heavier rains. Low pressure stalls overhead, resulting in continued clouds and rain.

Cool temperatures prevail with highs hanging tough in the mid 60s. High pressure moves in for the tart of the memorial day weekend on Saturday. Expecting partly cloudy skies with highs rebounding into the upper 60s to near 70 degrees south and upper 60s north. Saturday will be the pick of the weekend. Another nice day on Sunday with partly sunny skies with highs on either side of 70 degrees across the south and upper 60s north.

Next weather system approaches on Memorial Day. Overall, expecting clouds and showers with highs in the upper 60s. More details are on the exclusive Early Warning Weather 10-Day Forecast on NBC Boston and necn.

<![CDATA[Steady Rain, Downpours Moving Into Region]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 13:00:50 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Wx+Blog+necn+May+22+2.png

Rain moves in across the region today as low pressure passes west of New England. Rain tapers off late this morning, followed by a lull in activity into the afternoon. 

Rain moves back in towards the evening commute. Highs today reach into the mid to upper 50s. A cold front traverses the area tonight, bringing renewed rainfall. Lows drop into the low 50s south and mid-40s north. 

A cold front passes offshore in the morning on Tuesday, followed by clearing skies on the heels of a drying air mass from the Ohio River Valley. Clouds may linger along southern New England as a wave of low pressure tries to develop along the departing cold front to our south. 

Sea breezes develop during the day. Highs on Tuesday will reach around 70 degrees. An area of low pressure passes to our south on Wednesday. At this time, expecting bulk of rain to remain offshore with mostly sunny skies prevailing. 

However, there is a chance that the storm shifts north slightly, which would result in an increase in rain during the day. Highs on Wednesday crest into the low 70s with an onshore flow keeping temperatures in the 60s at the coast. 

Wet and cloudy weather moves in for Thursday as an area of low pressure develops south of great lakes. Highs only reach into the low to mid 60s. Another low pressure system develops south of New England on Friday and tracks very close to the cape and islands.

We’re expecting a rainy and cool day with highs in the mid-60s south and low 60s north. Looking ahead to Memorial Day weekend, high pressure will bring dry and pleasant weather to New England on Saturday with highs reaching into the upper 60s to low 70s. 

Partly sunny skies prevail on Sunday with highs again rising to near 70 degrees, which is right around the climatological norm for late May. For the latest weather updates, stay tuned to NBC Boston and necn for the exclusive Early Warning Weather 10-Day Forecast. 

<![CDATA[Damp, Unsettled Forecast to Come]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 20:06:01 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/rain+expected.jpg

Memorial Day weekend is typically the unofficial start to summer, but it feels like we’ve already kicked it off with our first heatwave of the season. Boston typically sees 13 90°+ days per year. We’ve already seen 3 days at or above 90° and the city can see 90s all the way into October (that’s more than 5 more months of potential heat). I DON’T think we will be adding to that tally over the next 10 days. We’re entering back into a damp, cool and unsettled pattern for a little while. This time around we won’t we talking 30s and 40s, instead we’ll be experiencing 50s and 60s. Temperatures appear to stay below normal for the next 10 days. The average high temperature in Boston right now is 67°. Monday, we’ll stay in the 50s, Tuesday we briefly warm up to 70°, but low to mid 60s return by Wednesday. It will be interesting to see if we finish off the month of May with below average temperatures after our 4th May heatwave on record.

Let’s focus on the unsettled part of the forecast. The bad news – we are expecting numerous showers over the next 10 days. These showers will be very difficult to time out. The timing has changed significantly over the last 24 hours.

Round one of rain will arrive Monday afternoon (Monday morning in western New England). There will likely be a couple hour window of steady rain during the afternoon and evening, which will be enough to slow down the evening commute. Heavy rain could move in overnight and into Tuesday morning for extreme southeast Massachusetts. Right now, I think most of that rain should miss us to the south, but stay tuned.

Tuesday dries out and the sunshine will return. We’ll see typical May weather from the late morning on. Temperatures will reach the low 70s, but that will be the only mild day of the week.

Showers return Wednesday into Friday. Forecast models are doing poorly on the exact timing AND the amounts --- some show up to an 1” of rain others show inches of rain. Most of the models do dry us out for some of the holiday weekend. Currently, it appears the nicest stretch will be from Saturday into Sunday. Memorial Day, showers may return.

<![CDATA[Mostly Sunny Day Before Showers Arrive for Work Week]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 10:04:41 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/SUNDAY_DAVwhpsXgAIlZT_.jpg

Temperatures cooled into the 20s and 30s with scattered frost last night as a chilly high-pressure system from Canada moved over. Today, that high-pressure system is moving out to sea allowing for an increase in clouds but staying nice.

We're under a mixture of sun and clouds and temperatures this afternoon will be near 70 degrees. It will be cooler at the shore with a light onshore breeze.

Even with the clouds, the sunburn factor is about a 9 out of 10.

Clouds thicken overnight with rain arriving in northern Vermont before daybreak.

A slow-moving front will bring showers to much of New England during the day tomorrow. First in western and northern New England, then late in the day to southern and eastern New England. From Boston to Cape Cod and in eastern Maine, most of the day is dry. High temperatures generally in the 50s with wind from the south at 10 to 20 miles per hour.

The weather front responsible for the wet Monday and Monday night will stall along the East Coast for much of this week.

Though much of New England should have a dry Tuesday with some sunshine, more rain will come up along the front Tuesday night and Wednesday. Temperatures on Tuesday should get to near 70 degrees, then back into the 60s with a rather wet Wednesday and Thursday. Rainfall amounts from Monday to Thursday are likely to pass two inches in much of the region.

The forecast for Friday and into Memorial Day weekend is a bit on the hazy side, as in we can't clearly see what's going to happen weather wise.

But if we do get a good amount of rain Wednesday and Thursday, then the odds are favorable for at least partially sunny weather and mostly dry weather for the long weekend ahead.

Temperatures likely rebounding back into the 70s with a mostly dry Saturday, Sunday, and maybe Monday too.

<![CDATA[From Hot to Cool Again This Weekend]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 00:04:14 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/blog4.jpg

From 90s to 50s, record breaking heat to below average temperatures, sweating to shivering. Don’t get me wrong, the weather today has been beautiful, but it’s about 30 degrees cooler than it was yesterday.

The city of Boston recorded it first heatwave of 2017! In order to be considered a “heatwave” you need three consecutive days with temperatures at or above 90°. Wednesday the temperature climbed to 92°, Thursday the heat peaked at 95° and Friday the high temperature was 90°. The most recent May heatwave was in 2001, but it occurred much earlier in the month, between May 2nd and 4th. May heatwaves are rare. This is the fourth in Boston’s climatological history – the others happening in 1929 and 1931. Going into this heat, May temperatures were below average – it only took three days and now the average temperature for the month is above average.

The cold from certainly left its mark. It moved through Friday afternoon/evening. Temperatures and dew points dropped SIGNIFICANTLY! High temperatures in Boston only reached the upper 50s Saturday. Inland locations were a bit warmer, but were still a lot cooler than Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Water temperatures are still around 50°, so anytime we have an easterly component to the wind, dress in layers.

I think we’re done with the heat for the next 10 days. Our weather pattern will turn unsettled once again. After one more sunny day Sunday, clouds arrive Sunday night and rain returns on Monday. It won’t be a wash out, but a half inch of rain is likely with high temperatures in the 50s. On and off showers will persist through the remainder of the week with temperatures in the 60s and 70s. Fingers crossed, the unsettled weather moves out in time for the holiday weekend. Stay tuned!

<![CDATA[Sun Filled and Seasonable Weekend]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 09:37:24 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NBC+Boston+Saturday.jpg

After our second earliest heat wave on record for the Boston area, relief returns for the weekend with high temperatures ranging from 20-25 degrees cooler than Friday’s high temperatures.

From commencement ceremonies to charity races across the region, this weekend will be picture perfect for any of your outdoor plans, but just make sure to wear your sunscreen as we’ll see plentiful sunshine for both days with highs into the 60s. We’ll see a sea breeze develop along the coastline so you might need the light jacket if you're right on the coast.

However, after sunset tonight, temperatures take a dive. Overnight lows slip into the upper 40s south, lower 40s north with a few places slipping into the 30s under mostly clear skies.

With a few areas in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, northern New Hampshire, and portions of Maine likely seeing temperatures into the 30s for a few hours, a few Freeze Warnings and Frost Advisories have been issued for those locations. If you have any plants or crops that are sensitive to the cold, you can cover them with a blanket to save them from the freezing temperatures.

After a chilly start to Sunday, temperatures quickly rebound back into the mid to upper 60s under another sun filled sky before more clouds stroll in by the late afternoon.

High pressure is in control for the weekend, which is why we are seeing such a gorgeous and dry weekend. That high pressure slips off the coastline, which will allow a system to slide in for our Monday, bringing a cooler and damp start to the work week.

This system is quick moving so Tuesday will be dry and mild with highs near 70, before spotty showers return Wednesday and Thursday with a chance for thunderstorms Thursday.

Memorial Day weekend looks nice with highs into the lower 70s with a slight chance for a shower, but not a washout by any means, so do not cancel those outdoor plans just yet.

Stay tuned for the very latest details on your forecast throughout the weekend and into the work week by downloading the NBC Boston and necn app.

<![CDATA[Heat Wave Receding for the Weekend]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 17:28:23 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/weather+blog6.jpg

With the thermometer ticking up to 90° at Logan Airport, it’s officially a “heat wave” for Boston (not that we needed the thermometer at Boston Logan Airport to tell us that). A heat wave is declared when it’s three consecutive days (or more) with high temperatures at 90 or above. Today marked the third day in a row of 90° highs and we also tied the record high for this date, that set back to 1986.

If you’re not a big fan of this heat wave, you’re in luck as we transition back into spring-mode. A cold front is sliding in from the northwest, already ushering in the cool down for northern New England as the temperature difference between Burlington, VT and Providence, RI was nearly 30° by noon as temperatures ranged from the mid-50s north to mid 80s south. This evening, a few showers and thunderstorms are possible along the southern coastline as the cold air mass clashes with the record-breaking heat, so be weather aware if you’re going to be outdoors in the early evening hours. Otherwise, clouds and spotty showers will slide out, which will allow temperatures to drop. Temperatures will likely take a dive after sunset with overnight lows expected to dip into the 50s south, 40s north.

We’re tracking a much more seasonable and sun-filled weekend compared to last weekend. Highs this weekend will be into the 60s to near 70 south- great for any of your outdoor plans. The next chance for showers returns as early as Monday morning, spreading from west to east through the afternoon. We dry out by Tuesday and Wednesday before more showers & a few thunderstorms slide in for Thursday. As always stay tuned with the very latest weather updates on the go with our NBC Boston and NECN app.

<![CDATA[Heat Wave in Boston; Spring-Like Weekend Ahead]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 17:05:46 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/215*120/Generic+Sun+Generic+Hot+Generic+Hot+Sun.JPG

It's officially a heat wave in Boston, as temperatures hit 90 degrees for the third straight day on Friday.

It's one of the earliest heat waves in the city's history. The earliest ever was from May 2 to May 4 in 2001.

Temperatures are starting to drop, as a cold front filters in, and pleasant, spring-like weather is expected this weekend.

A few storms are expected to pop-up this evening from 4 to 6 p.m. for the southern coast of Connecticut, Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.

After that, though, we settle comfortably into the weekend as high pressure dominates, bringing sunshine and seasonable temperatures.

Both weekend days reach into the 60s, perfect for any outdoor plans.

For the extended outlook, late Sunday night into early Monday brings the next round of showers to the area, with most of the rest of the week into the upper 60s with more rain chances by the second half of the week.

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<![CDATA[From Sizzling to Seasonable]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 00:26:26 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/10_DAY_ACTIVE_BOS19.png


Heat was unrelenting today under blazing sun (there's a reason why May is part of the "solar summer"). Temperatures soared well into the 90s area wide. Boston tied its record high by late morning, and went on to crush the record of 91 by four degrees. Even through the afternoon, we revisited the mid 90s twice as the winds turned and clouds wafted in and out.

The searing heat is over for now. We will cool back to reality by the weekend, but before we get there, another 80+ day is in order tomorrow.

A cool front is slicing through Western New England with attendant storms. Some of those may survive the trip into the area just after midnight, but they will be greatly weakened since they are running way out ahead of the cool front (their source for sustained lift/development). Tomorrow the thunder threat will focus across Southeastern Massachusetts. But here too, the threat is small and so are the storms - perhaps just the size of the city of New Bedford.

After the front clears, cooler air settles in. 60s this weekend will only be outshined (nod to the late, great Chris Cornell there) by the wall-to-wall sunshine. Temps more in line with what's normal for this time of year: 60s with steady onshore winds. 70s should return Sunday for towns and cities away from the coast.

Little unsettled next week with a possible rain "event" by late Wednesday and Thursday. Holiday weekend isn't completely in view, and there's plenty of time to sort out the details, but it's likely we WON'T be sweltering.


<![CDATA[Hot and Humid Today, Cooldown for Weekend]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 12:44:47 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/blog3.jpg

New highest temperature records were set yesterday across New England. Boston reached 92 degrees, tying the previous record set in 1977.

Worcester reached 88 degrees, breaking the previous record of 87 degrees, set in 1906. Blue Hill tied their previous record of 88 degrees, set in 1974. Providence, RI tied their previous record of 91 degrees, set in 1974. To the north, Concord, NH tied a previous record of 93 degrees, set in 1977. In Manchester, NH, a record maximum temperature of 94 degrees was recorded during the mid-afternoon, knocking the previous record of 86 degrees out set in 1889 of the park.

We’re expecting to break more daytime temperature records today with summer-like heat really building in.

Even with dew point temperatures decreasing slightly throughout the day, it will feel hot and humid as temperatures climb into the mid to upper 90s across the interior. Locations along the coast stay in the upper 70s and low 80s despite a strong southwest flow with proximity to a 50-degree ocean.

An air quality alert is in effect across all of southeastern New England through 11 pm tonight due to ground-level pollution and heat possibly reaching unhealthy levels. It is recommended to limit physical excursion outdoors.

A disturbance moving overhead in the atmosphere may bring showers and thunderstorms to southern New England tonight. Expecting low temperatures near 70 degrees south and 60s north.

A cold front moves across the region tomorrow morning, bringing scattered showers and maybe a thunderstorm. Otherwise, another mild day is on tap with highs reaching into the low to mid 80s south and 70s north.

Much cooler air moves in behind the cold frontal passage on Saturday, resulting in a pleasant and seasonable spring day with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s south and mid 60s north. Mostly sunny skies and pleasant temperatures remain on Sunday.

A warm front slides across the region for the start of the work week on Monday ahead of an approaching area of low pressure over the great lakes. This will bring increasing clouds and showers to New England with highs reaching into the upper 60s to low 70s.

We will be in between two weather systems on Tuesday with departing low moving offshore and another system approaching from the great lakes. Expecting partly sunny skies and seasonable highs in the upper 60s to low 70s. Cooler and wetter weather moves in for the remainder of the week.

<![CDATA[Summer-Like Warmth Builds; Hazy, Hot and Humid Thursday]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 16:51:06 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/10day.jpg.png

A Bermuda high will bring summer-like warmth to New England through Thursday as we round the bend into the middle of May this week.

Today features mostly sunny skies with highs reaching into the mid to upper 80s. Building southwest flow will keep temperatures in the upper 70s at the coast.

A dry and warm night is on tap across the region tonight as high pressure settles to our southeast and southwest flow continues to bring summer-like warmth north. Lows reach into the mid 60s south and low 60s north, running about 10 to 15 degrees above normal for this time of year.

Some highest low temperature records may be challenged. Hazy, hot and humid tomorrow with heat and humidity similar to the middle of summer in place.

Abundant sunshine with highs reaching into the low to mid 90s inland tomorrow with low clouds and fog keeping temperatures in the upper 70s at the coast, upper 80s north.

A few scattered showers and a thunderstorms may develop western Mass and southern Vermont. A cold front traverses across the region on Friday, bringing relief to the region. Expecting a few showers move across the region during the mid day and early afternoon.

Cooler and more seasonable air moves in behind the front. Highs on Friday reach into the low 80s away from the coast and mid 70s at the coast.

Looking ahead to the weekend, Saturday will feature comfortable and dry conditions. Sea breezes may develop during the day with light winds. Highs will be near normal in the upper 60s to low 70s.

High pressure slowly shifts away from New England with clouds building overhead as an area of low pressure and associated warm front approach from the Great Lakes.

Expecting a mostly dry day at this time. Highs stay in the 60s.

Showers and rain move in for Monday, clearing out by Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Set to Sizzle: Warm Week Continues]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 00:06:58 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/LKN_FCST_DPLUS2_BOSDMA_CONTOUR_ACTIVE.png

Well, we're here. Temperatures overachieved thanks to full sun and a favorable wind (read: no sea breeze).

As Chicago once sang, "It's only the beginning".

Highs tomorrow soar to the mid and upper 80s with continued warming, while the heat reaches outrageous, record-breaking levels by Thursday under searing sunshine.

There's even a slight chance we could squeak out a heat wave in some locations (three straight days of 90 or better). Towns and cities out on Rt. 2 - Fitchburg, Leominster, Orange, Gardner - and perhaps Nashua and Pelham, New Hampshire have a real shot of making the grade, just as long as Friday upholds its end of the bargain.

A sharp front will cross by late day, allowing us to push 90 in some spots. While it won't be enough for records like Thursday, it still is a hot day. After the front passes the cooler air will flood in. We'll shrivel back to the mid-60s at the coast - and around 70 elsewhere - as the winds turn onshore for the weekend. This isn't a downer though. We're still standing tall with wall-to-wall sun both days.

Forecast confidence is sky high over the upcoming days, so make plans, slather on the sunscreen and dig out the beach chair!

<![CDATA[Heat Moves Back in]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 16:59:25 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Wx+Blog+May+16.jpg

After a soggy and windy Mother’s Day Weekend with lingering showers that extended into most of Monday, we finally see the return of plenty of sunshine with the heat and humidity quickly building in, if not today, the muggy meter will increase by Thursday. Get ready to see the transition from highs in the 70s for most today, 80s tomorrow, and even 90s by Thursday.

Why we’re seeing such a drastic shift in the warmth?

First, our nor’easter that dampened our weekend plans has since pulled offshore. High pressure is settled well to our south, just off the coast of the Carolinas. The circulation around high pressure is clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, so this high pumps all the warmth from the deep south into our area over the next few days, what we like to call a southwesterly flow, but this also brings the humidity.

This close-to-record-breaking warmth is ahead of our next system that will bring a few showers, which could include embedded thunder, into northwestern New England Thursday evening, followed by a slight cool-down for this upcoming weekend, starting as early as Friday evening. However, when you look at the records that are at risk, the slight cool-down for the weekend will be refreshing and not nearly as chilly as last weekend.

With 90s forecasted for Thursday, most spots in New England hold records in the lower 90s from the early 1900s. Manchester, New Hampshire, even may tie or beat its record of 93° that has been in the books since 1889.

In the meantime, sunscreen and plenty of water are a necessity with the heat moving in. Plus, there’s not great news for our allergy sufferers, as the pollen count will be through the roof this week, but with showers arriving by next Monday, we could see some slight relief. As always, you can stay up to date on the very latest forecast updates on the air and online, and don’t forget to take our forecast on the go with our NBC Boston app and necn app.

<![CDATA[Sunshine to Make a Return]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 00:14:50 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Record+Warmth1.jpg

Our warm-up will start tomorrow as the sunshine makes a return and temperatures approach 80 degrees. Coastal locations will be a bit cooler, there is a sea breeze concern Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday, high temperatures will reach the middle 80s (perhaps a 90 degrees in the mix in the Merrimack Valley). Thursday, widespread 90s will be a good bet. It will be difficult to find relief to the heat, even coastal areas will be hot.

Temperatures do pull back into the 70s by the weekend and at this point it both days look pretty night (but this part of the forecast is not high confidence yet).

Mount Washington, at an elevation of 6,289 feet, is (probably) the only place in New England that has recorded snow every month of the year! 1.1 inch fell in July 1957. The month of May can be very snowy. On average the summit receives 12.2 inches of snow during the month. Our late season May Nor’easter broke records at the summit. They recorded snow for 38 consecutive hours and their three day total was 33.3 inches. (1997 was the snowiest May with a whopping 95.8 inches of accumulation!) This storm broke the 24 hour May snowfall record. The summit recorded 22.8 inches in 24 hours, the OLD record was 22.2 inches.

There is another record, which could break later this week and it has nothing to do with snow and cold. As the northeast warms up, so will the summit. The record high temperature for May 18 is 62 degrees, which was set back in 1986. We’re forecast high temperatures in the low 60s, so another record could fall. The all-time record high during the month of May is 66 degrees in 1977. Stay tuned!

Other records are in jeopardy for this Thursday. Boston, the record for the day is 91 degrees (set back in 1936), the forecast is 94 degrees. Worcester could come within a degree of its record high temperature of 90 degrees set in 1906. Concord, New Hampshire also has a 1906 record of 90 degrees - the forecast high is 96 degrees!

<![CDATA[Morning Rain to Give Way to Clearing Afternoon Skies]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 12:56:26 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/necn+wx+051517+AM.png

Monday brings our final day of showery and cool weather before – as so often happens in New England – the weather switch flips to summer.

As the upper level energy and cold air responsible for Mother’s Day and Monday rain slowly pulls away, showers break apart Monday afternoon and depart entirely after early evening, leaving patchy valley fog Monday night into early Tuesday morning.

Early fog burns off for sunshine and wispy clouds Tuesday – those thin, high-altitude clouds a signal of even warmer air moving into New England, bumping high temperatures into the 70s Tuesday, 80s Wednesday and around 90 Thursday.

The chance for showers will be limited through the week, with a slight chance as deeper warmth becomes established on Wednesday, then the potential for thunderstorms Thursday evening as heat peaks and a cold front approaches from the west.

That cold front does cool the air down Friday and the weekend ahead, but we’ll still find high temperatures in the 70s – above normal for this time of the year.

In fact, here on the Early Warning Weather Team we expect warmer-than-normal weather to persist, overall, through the rest of the month!

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<![CDATA[Mother's Day Storm Makes for a Dreary Day]]> Sun, 14 May 2017 17:18:55 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BLOGjpg.jpg

Sorry, Moms. It was NOT a very nice Mother’s Day. The Nor’easter is moving like molasses just east of Cape Cod. Skies did brighten in western New England and temperatures popped into the 60s. Steady rain will make a triumphant return overnight and into Monday morning. At least with this round of precipitation, the mountains will stay as rain.

If you lived above 1,500 feet in New Hampshire, you woke up to an unwelcomed surprise. Now that the ski resorts are closed for the season, what’s the point of snow in mid-May, right? Wet snow and leafs on the trees lead to power outages in the Granite State. Here are some of the totals:

Nelson, NH: 9.0”
Lempster, NH: 7.0”
Sunapee, NH: 6.0”
Hawley, MA: 4.0”
Woodford, VT: 2.5”
Upton, ME: 2.0”

The highest rainfall total eclipsed 2” in coastal Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Winds were also gusty – up to 45 MPH. With the ground saturated it was a bit easier for trees to topple so there were some pockets of minor damage.

Unfortunately, this unwelcomed guest will stick around into Monday. Steady rain will linger into the Monday morning commute. An additional ½” of rain is likely. Showers will end Monday afternoon and skies will brighten from west to east late in the day.

Once we move past Monday, the weather will improve greatly. Temperatures by Tuesday will reach the middle 70s. Wednesday will be even warmer with high temperatures in the middle 80s (some of the normally warmer locations, like the Merrimack Valley, could reach 90°). 90° heat is a greater possibility Thursday! Widespread 90s are likely. An overnight shower and thunderstorm is possible with a weak cold front. Behind the front, it is still pleasant with temperatures in the 70s.

<![CDATA[Wet and Windy Mother's Day Across New England]]> Sun, 14 May 2017 13:13:41 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Sunday+2pm+mothersday+noreaster.png

A slow-moving system with cold rain began in Connecticut yesterday, and will not be done in Maine until tomorrow. For New England as a whole, this is a three-day weak to moderate nor'easter.

Five to 10 inches of snow fell above 1000 foot elevation in some parts of New England since yesterday.

The low-pressure center passed over Cape Cod in the islands this morning, with a period of light wind near the center of the low, but otherwise wind is on the increase in New England through the afternoon and especially tomorrow.

The steady rain has ended in western and southern New England.

Wind from the northeast, and then the northwest may gust past 40 mph near the coast today, then everywhere tonight and tomorrow.

Where we have sunny breaks and Western New England this afternoon, temperature jumps to 60° or warmer, otherwise we are only in the 40s lower 50s where a steady rain continues.

Bands of rain continue overnight, actually retrograding toward the west a little bit by morning leaving most of the I-93 and I-95 corridors in wet weather to start our Monday.

Where the sun comes out tomorrow in Western New England, the temperature will jump well into the 60s, and rain will taper to showers with a high temperature in the 50s to near 60°.

Rainfall amounts for the period starting yesterday and ending tomorrow, are in the order of 1 to 3 inches generally.

High pressure finally move into New England on Tuesday with sunshine and temperatures jumping to 70° or better.

On Wednesday, it will be warm to hot with temperatures in the 80s, to near 90° on Thursday.

A weak front of may bring a few showers or a thunderstorm Wednesday night or Thursday, with slightly less warm air, but continued mostly dry weather into next weekend.

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<![CDATA[Expect a Soggy Mother's Day]]> Sun, 14 May 2017 07:08:17 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000006218955_1200x675_943490115875.jpg

We'll see soggy weather on Sunday morning. Heavy rain will taper into showers for the afternoon. 

<![CDATA[Soggy Mother's Day As Showers Persist Into Monday]]> Sun, 14 May 2017 08:20:02 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/SUNDAY+2PM.png

We'll see soggy weather to start our Mother's Day.

Heavy, steady rain will taper, with showers in the early afternoon. Expect 1-1.5 inches of rain. Showers on the coast will persist into Monday morning. Temperatures will warm from the low 50s into the 60s by Monday.

Expect sunny skies and high temperatures of around 70° on Tuesday. We'll be 10° warmer on Wednesday at 80°.

Thursday will turn hot and muggy with high temperatures in the mid to upper 80s on the coast, and low 90s inland. A late day shower or thunderstorm is possible.

Temperatures will drop back into the 60s and 70s from Friday through next weekend. The following week looks just as nice with temperatures around 70°.

<![CDATA[Mother's Day Weekend Nor'easter, Weekday Warm Up]]> Sat, 13 May 2017 23:01:07 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/C_vqo29WsAA3RFA.jpg

We’re expecting a wet and windy 12-18 hours. A May Nor’easter in moving through the region. The heaviest rain will fall between 10 p.m. and 10 a.m. Winds will be gusty – up to 45 mph at the coast. Once the ground become saturated, we may see some isolated power outages. Winds up to 30 mph will be possible inland.

If you live in western New England, don’t write off the day. Skies might brighten for a while. Temperatures could climb as high as 65 degree inland. Showers linger along the coast, but the steady rain should wrap up by the early afternoon. When all is said and done – 1 to 1.5 inches of rain is possible. The highest rainfall totals will across Maine where up to 2 inches is possible. As of this blog post, the chance of any elevation snow is nearly 0.

Once we kick the storm Monday, conditions will quickly improve. There could be a few showers around during the morning on Monday, but skies will clear during the afternoon. Temperatures will reach the lower 60s.

Get ready for a HUGE warm-up Wednesday and Thursday. This will be the warmest air-mass of the season so far! Temperatures may high 90 degrees on Thursday. The wind will be offshore and there won’t be much of a seabreeze, so even the coast will warm up.

Showers and thunderstorms are possible late Thursday afternoon with a cold front. Don’t mind the term cold front, because the air that moves in behind the system is pleasant mild. High temperatures will drop from the 80s, back into the 70s --- however, you’ll need to beware of the seabreeze returning.

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<![CDATA[Dry Start to Saturday Before Nor'easter Moves In]]> Sat, 13 May 2017 07:36:50 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Monday+wx.jpg

Most of New England starts off dry and cloudy as the leading edge of rain reaches into southwestern New England, including Connecticut and western Massachusetts by late morning. The rain continues through Saturday afternoon, spreading north and east into Worcester and Rhode Island by 5 PM, and filling in the rest of the area through the evening and overnight. The heaviest of the rainfall occurs Saturday night into Sunday morning along the southern coastline and southeastern Massachusetts.

As the coastal storm also being deemed a nor’easter as it paves it’s way along the coastline, it will not only bring heavy rainfall, we will also deal with the gusty winds out of the northeast, with some gusts in excess of 40 – 50 mph, especially for our coastal communities.

As the track of the system slides up into the Gulf of Maine, we’ll be on the backside of the storm and the heavy downpours will become lighter by Sunday evening for southern New England. Western New England could see some breaks in the showers by dinner time on Mother’s Day as the system pulls off the coast. Northern New England will likely still be dealing with heavy downpours especially along Downeast Maine. Lingering scattered showers extend into Sunday night into Monday morning before we dry out for the second half of Monday. It’s likely we will see between 1-2” (higher amounts in localized areas possible) of rainfall through Monday morning with a chance for some rain to change over to snow into the higher elevations of New Hampshire and northern Vermont.

All and all, for this Mother’s Day weekend, dry start today with highs in the low to mid 50s before the rain moves in by Saturday afternoon and evening, starting in southwestern New England and spreading northeast. Mother’s Day Sunday is cool, dreary and windy with windswept rain and highs near 50.

However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. This nor’easter that lands on Mother’s Day weekend will break up the unseasonably cool pattern we’ve been dealing with over the last week, and will allow warmer air to move in with 70s as early as Tuesday and near 80 as early as Thursday.

<![CDATA[Heavy Rain and Gusty Winds for Mother's Day]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 23:49:33 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Rainfall+051217.jpg

After a cloudy, cool and showery start to our Friday in southeastern New England, we finally saw breaks in the cloud cover by the evening commute. The rest of New England saw a mix of sun and clouds and at times more sunshine than clouds, which allowed temperatures to soar into the mid to upper 60s in northwestern New England. Even Presque Isle, Maine, reached into the lower 60s Friday. That's all about to change as we cross over into the weekend.

Overnight Friday, we'll see the onset of clouds building in ahead of the system that slides in late Saturday into early Sunday, bringing heavy downpours and gusty winds. Temperatures slip into the mid to upper 40s.

For Saturday, we start off dry under mostly cloudy skies with highs into the 50s. The leading edge of showers reach into southwestern New England, including Connecticut and western Massachusetts by noon. The rain continues through Saturday afternoon and then extends into Worcester and Rhode Island by 5 p.m., continuing its path north and eastward through the evening and overnight hours. The heaviest of the rainfall occurs Saturday night into Sunday morning along the southern coastline and southeastern Massachusetts. As the coastal storm is also being deemed a nor'easter as it paves its way along the coastline, it will not only bring heavy rainfall, but also gusty winds out of the northeast, with some gusts in excess of 40 to 50 mph, especially for our coastal communities.

As the track of the system slides up into the Gulf of Maine, we'll be on the backside of the storm and the heavy downpours will become lighter by Sunday evening for southern New England. Northern New England will likely still be dealing with heavy downpours especially along Downeast Maine. Lingering scattered showers extend into Sunday night into Monday morning before we dry out for the second half of Monday.

It's likely we will see between one to two (higher amounts in localized areas possible) of rainfall through Monday morning with a chance for some rain to change over to snow into the higher elevations of New Hampshire and northern Vermont.

All and all, for this Mother's Day weekend, a dry start Saturday with highs in the low to mid 50s before the rain moves in by Saturday afternoon and evening, starting in southwestern New England and spreading northeast. Mother's Day Sunday is cool, dreary and windy with windswept rain and highs near 50.

However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. This nor'easter that lands on Mother's Day weekend will break up the unseasonably cool pattern we’ve been dealing with over the last week, and will allow warmer air to move in with upper 60s as early as Tuesday and near 80 as early as Thursday.

<![CDATA[Soggy Mother's Day Weekend]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 16:53:02 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/215*120/Weather+thumb+4am.JPG

The work weeks ends just as it started, on a fairly cool and somewhat unsettled note.

A blend of sunshine and clouds will continue to rule on Friday, just as we’ve seen most of the work week. A brief passing sprinkle or light shower is also possible, but the vast majority of the day will stay dry. Highs will remain in the 50s near the coast courtesy of an onshore wind, but we’ll again climb into the 60s farther inland.

The Red Sox return to Fenway Park tonight, and it will stay cool for that game. Wear layers, with first pitch temperatures near 50.

From there we start watching a fairly significant storm working up the coast. It will eventually spread rain and wind into New England, but it’s important to know that there will be some dry hours this weekend.

In fact Saturday morning will dawn dry across New England. During the morning rain will begin spreading into parts of Western Massachusetts and Connecticut. From there, the rain will continue to work northeast. Around Boston showers will arrive later in the afternoon. We have to wait even longer than that for rain to arrive in much of Maine.

The rain will become heavier and steadier Saturday night as the wind off of the water ramps up.

Sunday morning will be the wettest part of Mother’s Day. While it stays dreary, damp, cool, and windy into the afternoon, the precipitation for many will begin to lighten up a bit.

Because of the forecast, Duckling Day and Lilac Sunday in Boston have been cancelled.

Rainfall totals be lowest in parts of northwestern New England, in Vermont, with higher totals along the coast. There most will around 1”, with localized higher amounts if the storm tracks a bit closer to us.

Even on Monday we’ll be dealing with breezy conditions and continued showers.

Finally, by Tuesday, the storm really pulls away and sun returns. We warm up significantly for the middle and end of next week as a new weather pattern arrives.

<![CDATA[Rain on the Way This Weekend, Breaking Pattern]]> Thu, 11 May 2017 17:12:49 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/WX+Weekend+051117.jpg

You may experience some déjà vu, in terms of the forecast, starting with Friday morning. Overnight Thursday, temperatures slip into the mid to upper 40s under partly to mostly cloudy skies. We see some peeks of sunshine Friday with high temperatures locked into the 50s at the coast. Alongside with that sea breeze, northwestern New England will see breaks of sunshine and a light wind with highs reaching into the 60s.

This weekend, we finally kick this unseasonably cool pattern featuring a mix of sun and clouds. However, it will not the best timing for any outdoor plans for Mother's Day.

Saturday starts off dry, but rain will spread in through New England from southwest to northeast. That means rain starts during the morning in parts of Connecticut and Rhode Island before spreading into the Boston area during the afternoon and onward into Maine by Saturday evening.

Soaking rain and gusty winds will arrive Saturday night into much of Mother's Day on Sunday. Some areas will see one to two inches of rain, with rivers and streams rising in the face of that and our overall damp pattern. We could see the soaking rain start to lighten up by dinnertime Sunday for western New England if this system takes a track farther out to sea instead of hugging the coastline, so we are keeping an eye on the forecast closely for your plans.

As announced earlier Thursday morning, New England is finally drought-free. Connecticut still has an area considered abnormally dry, but that's the only spot in New England.

As mentioned above, a shift in the pattern is on tap for next week, with a warm-up and sunshine. We're talking 70 degree highs by Wednesday, but this weekend's system is needed to move through to kick the pattern we've been dealing with the past few days. So we just have to get through a soggy Mother's Day weekend to reach a sun-filled warm-up ahead.

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<![CDATA[Drought Officially Over in New England]]> Thu, 11 May 2017 12:52:27 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/C_jBJgHXkAMuJRC.jpg

After almost a year of drought in some part of New England, the region was finally declared drought-free early Thursday morning.

The most recent drought dates back to last spring and summer, after a prolonged period of dry conditions. This spring, so far quite wet, has changed that.

Over the past few weeks the drought area had been shrinking, first disappearing in much of Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Vermont and New Hampshire followed. Finally with this week’s update from the Drought Monitor, Connecticut became drought free.

About 24 percent of Connecticut is still listed as "abnormally dry," one step below the official drought designation. Even those areas will continue to rebound with more heavy rain on the way for this weekend.

At the Quabbin Reservoir in Western Massachusetts, the source of drinking water for millions in the Boston area, the capacity now stands at 86 percent. That’s up from a drought low of 79 percent.

It’s important to remember that we’re still entering our driest months of the year, so water conservation remains key entering summer.

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<![CDATA[Same Old Weather Pattern Ahead of Weekend Rain]]> Thu, 11 May 2017 07:29:53 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/205*120/Weather+blog+thumb.JPG

It’s been a week full of cooler than average conditions and spotty showers. And that same pattern doesn’t change through the rest of the week.

Both today and tomorrow will feature a blend of sunshine and clouds. While the sun will feel nice when it does pop out, it’s the type of set up where that sun is self-destructive. That essentially means it will fuel new clouds. Like past days a few very light spot showers are also possible each day, but the vast majority of New England cities and towns will stay dry all day, and even those that do see rain will only see it briefly.

High temperatures will remain locked in the 50s at the coast with an onshore wind, but we’ll reach the 60s inland.

Saturday starts off dry, but rain will spread in through New England from southwest to northeast. That means rain starts during the morning in parts of Connecticut, before then spreading into the Boston area during the afternoon.

Soaking rain and gusty winds will arrive Saturday night into much of Mother’s Day on Sunday. Some areas will see 1-2” of rain, with rivers and streams no doubt rising in the face of that and our overall damp pattern.

A shift in the pattern is on tap for next week, with warmer times ahead by then.

<![CDATA[Mix of Sun and Clouds Continues]]> Wed, 10 May 2017 23:49:28 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/WX+Blog.jpg

We remain in the same pattern through the end of the work week in terms of unseasonably cool and clouds building in by the afternoon, with sunny breaks before sunset. A few scattered showers linger into Maine, otherwise the rest of the area remains dry through the rest of our Wednesday evening.

Temperatures overnight slip into the upper 30s in pockets of northern New England, 40s for southern New England. With a partial clearing of the skies overnight, we could see some glimpses of the full "flower" moon.

Both Thursday and Friday brings mostly cloudy skies with some peeks of sun here and there with highs into the 50s.

Now that the pattern remains stagnant through Friday, it’s the weekend that churns up the next big weather maker, bringing heavy rain at times and gusty winds.

Saturday starts off dry and mostly cloudy before the rain slides in as early as midday into western New England. The rain will continue to spread into eastern New England late in the day and into the evening. The rain arrives into Maine by Saturday night as the system turns coastal.

The heaviest rain will be mainly along the southern coastline and into southeastern Massachusetts into early Sunday morning. So, Mother’s Day will be soggy, and blustery, with gusts nearing 40-50 miles per hour along the Cape and coastal regions, otherwise farther inland can expect winds near 30 miles per hour.

We could also see some minor flooding with rainfall totals nearing 1-2 inches through Sunday evening. Sunday high temperatures will only stretch into the lower 50s.

This coastal system stalls in the Gulf of Maine Sunday night and Monday with a continuation of mostly cloudy skies and bands of rain for northern New England. We should be able to dry it out in the western New England Monday, but stay damp in the east with a high temperature in the 50s on Monday.

We finally warm-up through the next work week under plenty of sunshine with highs in the 70s as early as Wednesday.

<![CDATA[Sunny Breaks, Scattered Showers]]> Wed, 10 May 2017 16:49:20 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/210*120/Weather+thumb10.JPG

Our weather pattern remains rather chilly with sunny breaks and scattered showers.

Not much news in regard to the weather pattern today. The same old upper level low pressure system remains in place overhead. That means batches of clouds, and sunny breaks, and scattered showers again this afternoon, and tomorrow. The biggest question is what happens over the weekend?.

Today day started mostly cloudy in New England, then we had sunny breaks, now we have additional clouds developing and moving in from the north and east. There are a few scattered showers but most of New England is dry. Temperatures today near 60° inland to 50s at the shore or the light variable wind, and local sea-breezes.

Partial clearing overnight offers a nice glimpse of the full flower moon. Overnight low temperatures mostly in the 40s, but a few 30s in the colder spots.

Our Thursday looks fairly similar with a mixture of sun and clouds and a chance of a few spot showers or sprinkles, high temperature in the 50s to near 60°.

Same weather on Friday maybe a little bit brighter in parts of New England, a shower possible high temperature near 60°.

The weekend forecast is becoming a little bit better in focus. It appears clouds are going to race in early on Saturday, with a threat for rain, especially west, by mid day spreading into eastern sections late in the day and during the evening, and not arriving in Maine until Saturday night.

The weather map for Saturday night and Mother's Day Sunday features one low pressure system over New York, with a strengthening coastal redevelopment near Nantucket. Wind the shore will be gale force with a 10 foot seas, rain will be heavy at times with a couple of inches possible, and wind from the east may gust past 45 mph at the coast, less windy and inland.

That weather system stalls in the Gulf of Maine Sunday night and Monday with a continuation of mostly cloudy skies and bands of rain. We should be able to dry it out in the Western New England Monday, but stay damp in the east with a high temperature in the 50s on Sunday and Monday.

We finally start to see a warming trend with brighter weather on Tuesday, and by mid week if everything works out right, we may be close to 70° mid and late week.

<![CDATA[Temps Rebound After Near-Record-Cold Start]]> Tue, 09 May 2017 17:34:15 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Wx+Weather+necn+Blog+May+9.JPG

An upper level low pressure system has stalled over New England, that means the weather pattern has stalled, so each day looks similar to the previous. This morning, the big story was the frost and the near record cold start. Some locations reported lows below freezing, some places into the upper 20s, making us reach for the gloves and also to double check the calendars to make sure it is indeed the month of May. 

For our Tuesday afternoon, temperatures rebound back into the 50s south, near-50 north as clouds build along with a few rain showers. With breaks in the showers, we could see a few more rainbows, similar to what we’ve seen over the course of the past few days. 

For your Tuesday night, temperatures will be cool, but not as cold as what we woke up with this morning. Overnight lows dip into the 40s as skies partially clear. Wednesday brings a slight warm-up along with a slight chance for a passing shower, but out of the next few days, Wednesday remains similar to Monday in the sense that it will start off with sun and we’ll see a mix of sun and clouds through the day. Winds will shift with a seabreeze that will keep temperatures slightly cooler along the coast. Highs reach into the lower 60s south, 50s north and along the coastlines. 

We'll see a drier and cooler pattern for Thursday and Friday, but the clouds stick around with highs into the mid to upper 50s. This weekend, we see a chance for scattered rain showers for Saturday night into Sunday- Mother’s Day. High temperatures this weekend stretch into the mid to upper 50s with more sunshine on Saturday than Sunday. Shower chances linger into Monday, but a slight warm-up to May normal high standards return by the next work week. 

<![CDATA[High Pollen Counts to Kick Off the Week]]> Mon, 08 May 2017 23:50:58 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/LKN_FCST_TODAYS_HIGHS_METRO_NEWENG_ACTIVE.png

A weak area of low pressure centered over northern Maine brought snow to the mountains of central New Hampshire and western Maine this morning. A cool day is on tap with a blend of sun and clouds for the start of the work week.

An early may sun angle and cool temperatures aloft will result in building clouds as the day progresses. West winds may gust to 20 to 25 mph. Highs temperatures will only reach into the mid 50s across the south and mid 40s north.

If you are a seasonal allergy sufferer, be prepared for high pollen counts today with birch, maple and oak being in spring bloom. With breaks in the clouds, lows plummet into the 30s overnight across most of New England.

Some frost may form in colder areas. Expecting low 40s across the south coast. Mostly cloudy skies and rain showers are around again for Tuesday as an upper-level area of low pressure continues to spin overhead.

Highs will be similar to today in the mid to upper 40s north and the mid to upper 50s across the south. Moving into the middle of the week, persistence remains king with stalled upper-level low rotating over New England. Wednesday will feature continued clouds and showers during the day. Sea breezes may develop on Wednesday given relatively light winds over land.

A near carbon copy expected on Thursday with more clouds and showers around. High pressure builds out of Canada builds into New England on Friday, resulting in improving conditions with lowering chance of showers and slightly warmer temperatures near 60 degrees south and upper 50s north.

Partly cloudy skies expected on Saturday before an area of low pressure located offshore of the Carolinas approaches the region. Highs move back into the seasonable range in the 60s. Clouds and showers move back in on Mother’s Day with low pressure located east of the Delmarva Peninsula. More details are on the exclusive Early Warning Weather 10-Day Forecast on NBC Boston and necn.

<![CDATA[Showers Stick Around This Week]]> Sun, 07 May 2017 21:09:34 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Rain29.jpg

It could be worse! Our Sunday ended up cloudy with showers, but most locations in New England saw some sunshine and temperatures in the 50s and 60s. The high temperature in Boston was 64°. Surprisingly, Caribou, Maine was the warmest location in the Northeast – the high temperature was 67° (to put that into perspective, it was only 64° in Washington DC). It was a pretty miserable day in Upstate New York. Syracuse and Buffalo stayed in the 40s. Rain changed to wet snow in the Catskills and Adirondacks.

Don’t laugh at our neighbors to the west. Our weather will be cooler for the remainder of the week ahead. High temperatures will only climb into the 50s most days. Our days will start off sunny and they’ll end with clouds and showers. The higher elevations of the Taconics, Berkshires, Greens and Whites could see several inches of snow --- Monday night into Tuesday morning. (More still will be possible Tuesday night and again on Wednesday night).

Showers will hang on for the remainder of the week. We are still looking at the potential of a more significant storm heading our way for next weekend. There is a light at the end of a cloudy, rainy tunnel. A warm up and drier weather is set to move in by the end of the 10-day forecast period.

<![CDATA[Cool With Showers Next Several Days]]> Sun, 07 May 2017 10:11:58 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/C_NreagXcAAS3_1.jpg

The large weather system that brought heavier rain Friday and Saturday, has weakened and stalled over New England.

It's a pool of cool up in the sky that is just spinning around and around for most of the upcoming week.

That means the weather does not change much from day to day. Cold air up in the sky creates instability showers off and on especially the next two days.

For most of New England, the showers are more off than they are on. That means a few sunny breaks with temperatures close to 60 degrees today. Trending to be cooler much of the week with highs generally in the 50s and low temperatures near 40 degrees.

It is cold enough that some of our mountain tops will be coated with snow the next few days.

And with sunshine and rain showers in the forecast, we are likely to see more rainbows again toward sunset today and the next two days.

Most of the rain showers are fairly light, although they can be briefly moderate with a chance of some small hail too.

By Wednesday and Thursday the air should dry out enough that we have most of the day without any showers, just a few sprinkles with a bit more sunshine mid week.

There's also a slow-moving upper-level low pressure system near southern California. That will eventually cut free and cross the nation arriving on the east coast next weekend.

It is a forecast challenge whether that system wants to come north and bring us more wind and rain for next weekend or stay south allowing us to have a bright and seasonable weekend.

Seasonable for this time of year it is high temperature in the low and mid 60s. But for most of the week we're going to run a little cooler than that. The pollen count remains high, but fortunately it's not too windy so pollen is not too stirred up.

<![CDATA[Sunny Mornings But Showery Afternoons]]> Sat, 06 May 2017 23:59:15 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Rainfall3.jpg

We saw some pretty high rain totals over the last 24-36 hours. The highest amounts were across Connecticut and Rhode Island – nearly 3” of rain fell in some areas! Saturday, most of that rain moved into Maine and the outer Cape. Central New England was lucky enough to enjoy a few hours of sunshine!

Sunday will start off dry and sunny for most. Unfortunately we are under an Omega block. If you take your garden hose, put a kink in it, the water stops flowing. That’s what’s going on in the Atmosphere and our Jet Stream. The system that brought us rain will sit over us for days. That low will continue to weaken, but it’s enough of a trigger we’ll see afternoon showers almost every day this week!

Most days will start off dry. Temperatures will climb into the 50s (and perhaps the low 60s). That sunshine will be fuel for afternoon showers. Sunday through Friday – out days start sunny and will end with cloudy, cooler and showery weather. Above >2,500’, there could be some minor snow accumulations in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Next weekend, is Mother’s Day! The forecast doesn’t look very promising. There could be a similar storm system (to what we had Friday) paying us a visit. It’s still early, but if you have outdoor plans, make sure you have a back-up plan!

<![CDATA[Showers, Patchy Fog and Peeks of Sun]]> Sat, 06 May 2017 10:02:31 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/NBC+wx3.jpg

A few downpours this morning give way to scattered showers, before turning over to drier conditions by the middle of the afternoon.

If we see peeks of sunshine for a few hours, we could see high temperatures rise to near 70, especially in western New England. Areas closer to the coastline where fog will linger, high temperatures will likely remain in the low to mid 60s.

A few showers are possible overnight tonight with temperatures slipping into the 40s.

Sunday will be slightly cooler than Saturday with highs near 60 and a few late day showers. The day will bring a better chance to see sunshine across the area, but it will be on the breezy side especially along the coastline with gusts near 25 miles per hour.

The next week sees an unseasonably cool and wet pattern as with shower chances for most of the week. We see a series of low pressure systems meander over our area, bringing in periodic showers especially into northern New England on Monday and Tuesday with some of those showers changing over to snow flurries into the higher elevations of far northern Vermont and New Hampshire.

We settle into this pattern of mostly cloudy skies with a spotty shower from Monday through Friday. Another system has its eyes set for next weekend, but it looks like the bulk of the rain will be late Saturday into early Mother’s Day.

High temperatures next weekend will at least be slightly warmer with highs expected to reach into the lower 60s south, near 60 north.

<![CDATA[It's a Very Wet Night Ahead]]> Fri, 05 May 2017 18:01:49 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/weather+blog5.jpg

Umbrellas and rain boots needed through this evening.

The same line of showers and downpours that moved through NYC and Bridgeport, CT earlier today and broke the daily record rainfall in both locations, will continue to slide northeast across southern New England and hug the coastline, sweeping the New Hampshire and Maine seacoast. With these heavier pockets of downpours, these will impact not only the evening commute, but will also bring a chance for some poor drainage flooding, which has prompted a Flood Watch from the Cape & the Islands to Downeast Maine. A few of these downpours could produce some embedded downpours and gusty winds, so downed trees and power lines are possible with the drenched soil and strong winds. Through Saturday morning, we could see rainfall totals spanning from 1” -2”.

Overnight, we finally see a break in the downpours spreading from southwest to northeast. Scattered showers are possible tomorrow morning, before another break slides in for the afternoon. So, this weekend will not be a washout by any means. In fact, we could see brief periods of sunshine into western New England, and with high dew points and humidity, temperatures will likely start off in near 60 tomorrow morning before reaching close to 70 by the late afternoon. This warm-up could spur up a few more downpours by dinner time, so if you’re outdoors, keep your eyes to the skies. Sunday brings two waves of cold fronts, the first arriving before dawn, the second late at night. A few more showers could pick up into northern New England between fronts Sunday afternoon, southern New England will likely scrape by with a spotty shower or two.

Sunday, high temperatures only reach into the lower 60s south, 50s north. Behind the second front late Sunday night, a few showers could change over to snow flurries for far northern VT & NH, especially into the higher elevations early Monday. An unseasonably cool and wet patterns sticks around for the next work week with highs into the upper 50s, but it looks like the rainy pattern will be out of here for Mother’s Day, next weekend.

<![CDATA[Rain May Turn Into Thunderstorms by Friday Evening]]> Fri, 05 May 2017 17:00:05 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/LKN_NONONSENSE_PT13.png

An area of low pressure located over the Ohio River Valley will usher a slug of heavy rain towards New England today.

Rain increases in coverage from west to east as the day progresses today, reaching the Boston-Metro Area by the afternoon.

An east fetch off of the Atlantic Ocean curbs high temperatures from getting out of the mid 50s. Heavy and widespread rain moves in for the evening as a warm front slides north up the East Coast towards New England.

A few rumbles of thunder cannot be ruled out as the atmosphere becomes saturated and moisture-laden. Temperatures will rise overnight as warm front pushes across the area. Lows expected in the upper 40s to low 50s.

Winds may gust to 30 to 35 mph across the Cape and Islands. Area of heavy rain shifts offshore by Saturday with lingering showers around. Mostly cloudy skies prevail with highs reaching into the low 60s north and mid to upper 60s south. Cooler temperatures expected along the coast.

Clouds break briefly on Sunday before more showers and even a rumble of thunder move back into the forecast. Winds gust to 20 to 25 mph as weather system passes overhead and a cold front slides across the region.

Highs on Sunday will reach into the upper 50s to mid 60s. Area of low pressure traverses overhead on Monday, maintaining the showery pattern.

On Tuesday, expecting continued mostly cloudy conditions with the threat of showers as low pressure stalls over New England.

Colder air will work into the region on Tuesday, resulting in some snow showers falling across the Berkshires and higher elevations. Highs on Tuesday reaching into the 50s, yet again.

Cloudy and showery pattern continues right into the middle of the week.

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<![CDATA[Trading in Sunglasses for Umbrellas This Weekend]]> Thu, 04 May 2017 17:13:58 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000006016784.JPG

After a gorgeous and fair spring day across New England, clouds will thicken overnight tonight ahead of the next system that will bring rain, heavy at times, for Friday and Saturday.

Overnight tonight, lows will not be nearly as cold as this morning with temperatures slipping into the 40s. Friday morning could see a few showers sliding into western New England, but most areas will start off dry for Cinco De Mayo before the line of heavy downpours fill in by noon for southern New England. A few embedded thunderstorms cannot be ruled out by Friday evening into early Saturday. 

It will be a soggy, damp and cool Friday with highs only reaching into the low to mid 50s. Friday evening, the downpours slide from west to east, along the coastline while a break in the showers reach western New England.

The breaks in the showers will be short-lived as more scattered showers are expected to reemerge through the overnight hours. So, we start off with rain showers on Saturday morning, before we see some dry spells by the afternoon, which could allow enough energy for more downpours to pop-up by late Saturday afternoon.

Gusts could top 30-40 mph especially along the southern coastline, so not only are we tracking a soaking rain, but also blustery conditions. Plus, through Saturday morning, rainfall totals are expected to reach 1.5” to 2” for eastern New England, where the heaviest of downpours are expected. 

Saturday’s high temperatures are expected into the mid to upper 60s, but a weak cold front slides in the west late Saturday night into early Sunday, so we’ll see a few spotty showers and a slight cool-down for the second half of the weekend.

Highs on Sunday are expected into the lower 60s south, 50s north. As for the rest of the 10-day forecast, on and off showers are expected through the next work week with highs cooler than normal in the upper 50s to lower 60s. 

<![CDATA[Last Day of Sunshine Before Weekend Rain]]> Thu, 04 May 2017 12:43:52 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/LKN_FRONTS_31.png

High pressure that brought areas of frost this morning is now pushing offshore as low pressure starts to approach from Southern Mississippi River Valley.

Renewed flooding is occurring today and parts of Arkansas and Missouri, as well as Illinois, Indiana and Ohio are receiving very heavy rain with flash flooding. 

For the balance of this afternoon we have thin clouds dimming the sunshine in New England, with temperatures in the 60s, a bit cooler at the shore with the light sea breeze. 

Clouds get thicker tonight, but rain holds off until about sunrise in western New England. We’ll see low temperatures in the 40s. 

Rain overspreads New England from southwest to northeast during tomorrow morning through mid-day, last to arrive in Maine by mid-afternoon. 

Rain becomes heavy at times for a late day and evening, with temperatures holding in the 50s. Wind at the shore from the southeast gusting to 30 miles an hour, less windy inland. 

Rain and perhaps a thunderstorm continue tomorrow night, with low temperature holding around 50°, then rising later at night. 

Rainfall amounts over an inch are likely for much of the region by Saturday morning, but it looks like the rain shield is progressive enough that we do not see flooding like the states to our southwest. The exception may be in eastern Maine where more than 2" of rainfall is possible. 

Steady rain shuts off Saturday morning, with mostly cloudy skies and a chance of a few showers, temperatures jumping well into the 60s with high humidity, as wind from the south gusts 20 to 25 mph. 

Low pressure tracks into northern New York Saturday, but it will slow and stall over northern New England Saturday night and Sunday, perhaps even into next week. That means many clouds with scattered showers, but much of our weekend will not be raining. Temperatures will be a bit cooler as we move through Sunday into Monday with highs in the 50s to lower 60s. 

This evolves into an upper level low pressure system will sit and spin over New England with a cool pool a lot. That will create instability in the atmosphere and showers are likely to develop each day with the heating of the sun. Temperatures are going to cool off with highs mostly in the 50s to low 60s next week, and it is cold enough that the mountains may see a little bit of snow near the summits early next week. 

It's a tough call for when we're actually going to get another period of sunshine and warm here, but it looks like it's going to be at least eight or nine days if not longer. 

<![CDATA[Keep Rain Gear Handy]]> Wed, 03 May 2017 17:39:03 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Generic+Rain+Generic+Umbrella+Generic+Rainy.jpg

By this time next week, we will be saying, "rain, rain, go away."

Aside from a few evening showers, we'll see mainly dry weather through Friday morning. Thursday, for the most part, looks like a nice day. We'll see a good amount of sunshine and temperatures warming into the 60s – typical for this time of year.

Friday starts off dry, but clouds quickly overspread the area and thicken up. Rain will begin during the early afternoon. The heaviest rain will fall during the evening rush and into the first part of the overnight. Rainfall amounts will range from one inch to as much as 2.5 inches. We shouldn't see any flash flooding, but urban and small stream flooding is possible. All eyes on the smaller rivers and streams, they may see a rapid rise Friday evening.

The breeze will also keep up. A couple hundred feet off the ground, the winds will gust to more than 50 MPH, but with cooler air at the surface, these gusts will have a tough time reaching the surface. The strongest winds will be at the coast.

This storm will stall over us through the weekend and into next week. It will continue to weaken, but our weather will stay unsettled. It will be a week of self-destructive sunshine. What does that mean? The days will start off with sunshine. Temperatures will warm into the 50s and 60s. As low pressure sits overhead, we have a trigger for showers and clouds. Those showers will develop during the afternoon and continue through sunset. Often, these showers don't amount to much, but the afternoons will certainly turn cool, cloudy and showery.

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<![CDATA[Breezy Mix of Sun and Clouds Today]]> Wed, 03 May 2017 13:06:16 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Weds+4pm.png

The old system responsible for the severe weather outbreak and all the rain and snow across the country this week is now a shadow of its former self.

This shadow is crossing New England, it is an upper-level cool pool. A cool pool aloft creates instability in the atmosphere which results in heavy cumulus clouds and some scattered showers and or a sprinkle. It is also good for scattered rainbows at sunset.

It is breezy this afternoon with temperatures in the 50s in our 60s, wind from the west 15 to 25 mph with higher gusts.

Shortly after the sun goes over the horizon the sky will clear quickly, a big bright flower moon in the sky with a cold night.

Patchy frost is likely by morning with temperatures reaching the 20s in the coldest hollows, to 30s and 40s in the more urban and/or coastal areas.

High-pressure overhead tomorrow morning with sunshine. As the high moves offshore, increasing clouds in the afternoon. Temperatures tomorrow a little bit warmer inland near 65° with a light seabreeze it'll be cooler at the shore.

For Friday we are monitoring a powerful storm to be moving up the Appalachian Mountain chain. Rain will develop from west to east during the day into the state of Maine by mid afternoon.

Then we have about 18 to 24 hours of rain that is heavy at times with the rainfall amounts exceeding 1 inch for most of New England.

Wind at the shore may go to gale force from the east for a time on Friday, before becoming lighter and more southerly Friday night and Saturday. Temperatures on Friday in the 50s, but back up to lower 60s for much of New England for Saturday and Sunday. Most of the weekend features clouds with occasional showers, but the heaviest of the rain should be done the first part of Saturday. Many locations may stay dry on Sunday with temperatures near 60°.

The weather does not change much next week is that storm system will fall apart but it leaves behind a big upper level cool pool once again, with many instability showers each day for next week with the temperatures running on the cool side in the 50s.

<![CDATA[Tuesday Warm-Up After Showers Clear Out]]> Tue, 02 May 2017 16:56:05 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/wx+blog+may+2.jpg

We woke up to showers, with some embedded downpours and thunderstorms. The line of showers will move off the coastline and we’ll start to see a gradual clearing as early as mid-afternoon for southern New England, northern New England will have some light showers lingering through dinner time.

High temperatures today will reach into the lower 70s for southern New England as we’ll see some peeks of sunshine later this afternoon and evening, 60s for northern New England with Maine only reaching into the 50s. 

Overnight Tuesday Night, we’ll continue to see a clearing from southwest to northeast with lows dropping into the 40s. For Wednesday morning, a few lingering showers expected into tomorrow morning for northern Maine, ahead of a cold front that slides through.

This will change the wind direction out of the northwest by Wednesday evening for most of New England. This means that high temperatures will be much closer to normal for this time of year and much more refreshing. Highs on Wednesday reach into the 60s south, 50s north under fair skies. T

hursday remains dry as high pressure slides in, but does not stay for long. Thursday will start off mostly sunny before clouds increase by the afternoon and evening ahead of the next system. 

High pressure slides off the coastline for Friday, allowing the next system from the Ohio Valley to bring a soaking rain for most of New England by Friday afternoon and evening. The showers could start as early as the Friday morning commute for western New England and spread eastward through the day, with the heaviest rain through the afternoon and evening.

Temperatures Friday only reach into the mid to upper 50s, with the rain extending into Saturday. We do see some breaks in the rain on Saturday by the late afternoon, but it will remain mostly cloudy for the rest of the day and windy with gusts nearing 30-35 mph. Less of a chance for rain on the back edge of the system on Sunday, but it still will remain breezy with highs in the lower 60s south, 50s north. 

As always, stay tuned to NBC Boston and necn for the very latest forecast updates.

<![CDATA[Showers and Thunder Ahead]]> Mon, 01 May 2017 23:50:37 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/LKN_NONONSENSE_PT11.png

A warm front pushes through New England today, resulting in a wide range of temperatures across the region. Highs will range from the upper 50s across northeastern Massachusetts to the mid 60s elsewhere.

Showers and clouds move in behind the warm front overnight. Scattered thunder may accompany some heavier showers. Areas of fog and drizzle around. Lows drop into the low 50s south and upper 40s north.

Showers move offshore by daybreak Tuesday. Partial sunshine develops behind exiting showers with breezy southwest winds. Highs reach well into the mid to upper 70s south and near 70 degrees north.

Low pressure continues to push offshore on Wednesday. Cloudy skies prevail as a weak weather system passes over the region. Risk of showers across western Massachusetts. Highs near normal for this time of year in the 60s south and 50s north.

The next weather system approaches New England on Thursday. Were expecting a mostly dry day with onset of precipitation beginning in the late afternoon across western Massachusetts and Vermont.

Highs on Thursday reach into the mid 60s south and near 60 degrees north. Heavy rain moves in on Friday as a slow-moving area of low pressure ushers in moisture from the Gulf of Mexico.

This will result in a long period of rain. Isolated thunderstorms may develop into the afternoon and evening as stronger energy moves into southern New England.

The weekend is looking cloudy and showery with highs reaching into the low 60s across the region on Saturday and Sunday. More details are on the exclusive Early Warning Weather 10-Day Forecast on NBC Boston and necn.

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<![CDATA[Rainy Nor'easter to Come by the End of This Week]]> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 20:03:37 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Friday+2.jpg

Yesterday we talked about the warmth we saw during April. With temperatures climbing above 80° on four separate occasions, it turned out to be the warmest April since 2012! Does our warm April mean a warm summer? If you look back at the last 25 years, the short answer is – no. The only recurring pattern is an above average temperatures during the month of May. Other summer months were varied – some above average, some below average.

April was also wet! Logan airport received 5.72” of rain (as of this blog) – that’s 2.10” above average. It was the wettest month since October 2016! We also saw a significant improvement in terms of the drought. This was the largest SURPLUS of rain since December 2014! Only 0.01% of the Commonwealth is experiencing drought conditions, three months ago 98% of Massachusetts was under a drought.

Monday, a warm front will dissect the area. Northern New England will be in the 40s, southern New England will be near 70°! Showers, perhaps a rumble of thunder will be possible – typical weather to start off the month of May.

Showers and seasonable weather may persist through Thursday. By Friday, the pattern turns a lot more active. We’re expecting a large, late season Nor’easter. Rainfall amounts could reach 1-3”. Winds will also be gusty throughout the day!

<![CDATA[Mostly Sunny Sunday; Spot Showers]]> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 09:54:31 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Sunday_C-potYpUAAEqgzU.jpg

As a massive violent storm is crossing the middle of the nation, those of us in New England are getting off quite easy so far. The major gust front we had yesterday afternoon was not associated with the system which was spawning deadly tornadoes in blizzard conditions to our west.

What happened here was a cold front from Canada and today, our air coming from the north and east will bring much cooler temperatures. Where we topped 80 degrees yesterday, in many places we don't even reach 60 degrees today.

Just as quickly as the cooler air came in overnight and this morning, new warmer air is trying to come back, and that produces a layer of clouds and showers.

So sunny skies have turned, or will be turning gray with a few showers, mostly light but perhaps briefly moderate.

Tonight remains mostly cloudy, and we likely get a game in at Fenway Park as it should be mostly dry with the temperature in the 40s overnight.

A piece of energy from that storm to our west break off and ride across the Canadian border of New England tonight with rain heavy at times, perhaps even some snow in for a northern Maine.

Tomorrow we are a divided region, west of the Connecticut River the sun may come out with a high temperature near 70 degrees, while from Boston and points north and east we should be mostly cloudy with showers and a high temperature in the 40s and 50s.

Remnants of some of the midwest thunderstorms will come across New England tomorrow night with showers and perhaps a thunderstorm, with temperatures rising into the 60s and 70s.

A much weakened cold front will push east of New England Tuesday morning with a mixture of sun and clouds, and many rain showers in the mountains, perhaps snow showers at the summits.

For southern New England temperatures will be near 70 degrees, while in the 60s and 50s north.

Wednesday and Thursday look fair and seasonable, high temperature in the 50s and 60s.

A new storm is going to form over the southeastern United States on Thursday advancing to the north bringing rain back to New England on Thursday night and Friday.

Though not a classic nor'easter, it will probably look and feel like one on Friday with the rain and wind and temperatures in the 50s.

The outlook for next weekend is slow drying and seasonable temperatures.