An onshore wind prevails for most of New England today, and this means cooler air than we've become accustomed to, with added ocean moisture in the lowest levels of the atmosphere producing a stubborn deck of clouds for some of Eastern New England.
That said, the sun angle is strong enough and enough dry air is present above and outside the cloud deck to allow for breaks of sun to emerge for many. Highs today will hold in the 60s near the coast, 70s inland, then coastal clouds - complete with pockets of drizzle and fog - will charge inland overnight tonight.
A gray start Friday will only begrudgingly give way to breaks of sun, as a new disturbance responsible for severe weather in the Plains States earlier this week finally arrives to New England as a shadow of its former self.
The product of this disturbance and the attendant cold front it is pushing east will be scattered showers and perhaps a thunderstorm Friday - in the morning north and west, and the midday to afternoon elsewhere.
Drier air arriving behind the cold front will mean sunshine and a gorgeous Saturday - the pick of the weekend - with highs reaching the 80s before clouds increase Sunday with rain developing from west to east during the afternoon.
Rain showers are expected to continue Sunday night into Monday, though some breaks of Monday sun would push highs into the 70s. Next week likely brings highs in the 70s nearly every day, with the chance of showers diminishing around midweek, then increasing again by week's end in the exclusive NECN Early Warning Weather 10-day forecast.