Classic summer weather for the summer solstice today - officially occurring at 6:34 p.m., the summer solstice marks our longest daylight of the year and the astronomical start of summer.
This year is special - the summer solstice coincides with the full Strawberry Moon, a combination that only occurs once every 70 years or so! As for our weather, temperatures will rise to around 90 inland, with cooler highs in the 80s in Southeast Massachusetts and Maine, and 70s at south-facing coasts.
An approaching cold front will trigger some night showers and thunder in Northern New England after 10 p.m., spreading southeast as predawn and early morning showers in Southern New England, perhaps lingering as late as late-morning or midday on the Cape and Islands.
When the sun returns, temperatures will climb into the 80s Tuesday afternoon, ahead of quiet weather Wednesday and the next disturbance slated for Thursday. Thursday's weak storm center will ripple along a stalled out frontal boundary to produce a likely swath of showers for Southern New England, though northern extent is still an uncertainty. Regardless, the weather looks great Friday through the weekend, with humidity and a resultant chance of afternoon thunderstorms building early next week.