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Raw and cold now, but Memorial day looks nearly perfect

Posted by David Epstein  May 25, 2013 08:26 AM

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Here we are Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start to summer. Did you put your heat on yet? I know this really isnít what we all want for weather this weekend. However, itís going to get a lot better. Today is the worst of the three days and Monday is the best. I tweeted this morning that it would be a great idea to get all your ďchoresĒ done today and tomorrow morning and then you can enjoy Monday from start to finish. Why not even get the kids lunches ready for Tuesday now and maybe save any perishable stuff for Monday evening. My point is that Monday is going to be so nice; I want everyone to be able to really enjoy the day. If I were on the Cape, I would either come back Sunday night or Monday night so I didnít have to be staring out the window at a perfect day Monday afternoon.

The steady rain of yesterday is mostly over and we are left with drizzle, showers and very chilly temperatures. Temperatures are not only going way below normal, some spots might stay in the upper 40s for most of the day. It will be mildest over Cape Cod. Take a look at the map below. Notice the area circled in green over western New England. Those areas will be wettest today. This is the reason I am optimistic today isnít a washout in spite of all the clouds and drizzle. There certainly can be showers from time to time, but many hours of just damp weather. You could even see some breaks of sunshine especially the further south and east you are from Boston.
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Tomorrow
More showers are in the forecast, but like today it wonít rain all the time. As a matter of fact, much of the day will actually be quite dry and not as chilly. The best chance for showers will be in the morning and I expect skies to brighten and even see some sunshine before sunset after 8PM. These are the longest days of the year after all and if we get some clearing around 6PM it still leaves a couple of hours of sunshine.

Monday
Memorial Day does look very nice. There should be plenty of sunshine and temperatures will be much warmer as they reach back into the 70s. For hard core beach goers you could head to the shore and spend some time in the sun. It will be a bit breezy and with dry air in place it might feel a bit cool, but after today, you might think itís a heat wave.

Heat and humidity
There are early signs of very warm and humid air for later next week. As is often typical in late spring we may go from several days of chilly temperatures to sweltering heat in a short time. Temperatures will be in the 80s for several days next week and maybe even higher. Stay tuned.

Gardening this week
After moving plants around my yard the past several years because they keep getting bigger and bigger I decided to do a video about just how big some of those plants you see in the nursery will become. While they may only be a foot or two tall today, just wait a few years. Check out how big some of the more typical garden center trees and shrubs can grow. I would be interested in any stories you have from your own garden. Tweet me @growingwisdom


I'll be updating the forecast throughout the week on Twitter at @growingwisdom Please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.

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David Epstein has been a professional meteorologist and horticulturalist for three decades. David spent 16 years at WCVB in Boston and currently freelances for WGME in Portland, ME. In 2006, More »
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