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Muggy Weather, Thunderstorms This Weekend

Next week should turn warm to hot and humid



    (Published Friday, July 8, 2016)

    One weather disturbance after another passes from west to east over New England the next few days.

    Up in the sky we have energy pulses moving from west to east, down near the ground we have a light wind coming in off the ocean from east to west. In addition we have a stalled front separating hot air in New York, from cold air in Maine.

    The front, combined with the differential air flow and high humidity, generates fog and drizzle at night and mostly cloudy skies with showers and thunderstorms by day.


    This afternoon, we have only a few showers or storms, and temperatures range from near 90 in Connecticut to the 60s along the shore from Massachusetts to Maine.

    Fog becomes dense once again tonight, humid with lows of 60 to 65, cooler in Maine.

    Tomorrow is mostly cloudy with showers and a thunderstorm, patchy fog, high generally in the 60s east and north, but sticky 60s with high humidity. Cooler air arrives west too, with highs in the 70s to near 80 near the New York boarder. Wind from the east 10 to 15 mph.

    Dense fog again tomorrow night, with showers and drizzle.

    Low pressure moves east to the Gulf of Maine Sunday, but upper level energy and the old stalled front keep the threat for showers and thunderstorms in the forecast. A few sunny breaks are likely too, with highs in the 60s to low 70s.

    More sun than clouds on Monday, highs back up to the low 80s.

    Next week should turn warm to hot and humid as a powerful storm pushes north of The Great Lakes. Counterclockwise flow around that storm will pull warmth and humidity from the deep south and The Gulf of Mexico, toward New England.

    The threat for thunderstorms returns Wednesday night and Thursday. But they should come without the "back-door" front and cool as has just happened in New England the last 24 to 36 hours.


    Most of New England really needs some rain.

    Data from The United Drought Monitor portions of New England, centered near The Merrimack Valley, are experiencing severe drought. At the same time northern Maine and southeastern Massachusetts have above normal rain fall for the year.

    Nantucket Island got soaked again this week, so much so that a few beaches closed temporarily due to high bacteria counts, caused by excessive run-off.

    Rainfall this weekend should help, with a widespread 1/4 to 2/3 of an inch, and a few spots get 1 to 2 inches.

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