Soggy Sunday, Sunny Labor Day

It was a soggy start today for most locations with most of the steady rainfall looming over the Cape and the Islands, while Boston and Worcester saw a lull in the showers for some time. Expect scattered on and off showers through mid-afternoon in southern New England.

A few embedded downpours cannot be ruled out. For late morning into the mid-afternoon, the steady rainfall that started off in upstate New York will slide into northwestern New England as the remnants of Harvey slide from west to northeast through this evening. Southern New England dries out between 5-7 p.m., while northeastern New England still deals with rain through 10 p.m.

We started off the extended holiday weekend with beautiful conditions, slightly cooler than normal, but the sunshine was picture perfect, rain along with cooler conditions greeted us on the second day of the 3-day weekend.

But what does Labor Day have in store? If you were hoping for one last sun-filled day before heading back to school or work, your wish has been granted. Labor Day brings back plenty of sunshine and highs crest near 80 degrees. Talk about a complete turn-around from Sunday’s cool and damp weather.

For the extended forecast, Tuesday brings slightly warmer conditions along with humidity bubbling back into the area from the southwest. The warmth is ahead of a cold front that slides in late day Tuesday. Most of Tuesday will be dry, but showers and storms are possible by the early evening into western New England.

This front stalls over the area from Tuesday evening through at least Thursday evening, with on and off showers for midweek. Friday looks drier, but highs will only be into the lower 70s. We remain into the lower 70s by next weekend.

As for the tropics, Hurricane Irma, a major hurricane coming in as a Category 3 by daybreak this morning is likely to strengthen as it advances westward over the warm Atlantic waters. By Tuesday, Irma is expected to be a Category 4 and maintain that strength through Thursday and Friday as it tracks west-northwestward into the northern Caribbean Sea and nearing the Bahamas by the end of this week.

There is still great uncertainty with the track of Irma after this Friday, but many weather models are projecting Irma to track close or make landfall in the southeastern United States. Definitely a major storm to keep our eyes on.

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