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Warmer air, a period of showers and a dry weekend

Posted by David Epstein  May 15, 2013 07:00 AM

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I think I have written about the last cold morning for the past few weeks. The fact that some places have seen frost as late as mid-May is a reminder to me to not count out the morning chill so fast.

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As I look at the longer range forecasts it does appear that the past two mornings will end up being the last of the frosty mornings until the fall. Of course I could always be incorrect about this, but both the time of year and the current pattern favor a safe start to the growing season from here on out.

This means that it is safe to put out your tender plants and not worry about a freeze. The exceptions to this are far northern areas of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine as well as some of the deeper valleys and higher elevations where it can be as much as 5 to 10 degrees cooler.

The weather pattern for the next week is looking quite nice and even warm for several days. I expect temperatures in the 70s to be common with a few 80F degree readings not out of the question. It appears that the third week of May will generally end up being a great one.

We do have some showers on the way for later this afternoon and overnight as a couple of fronts crisscross the area. The fronts will help to bring moisture to the area and a tenth to a quarter inch of rain is possible over the next 12 to 18 hours. Although we did get some rain a few days ago, we are still quite dry and any rain is welcome.

Thursday will be a great day as sunshine and warm temperatures prevail. This will end up being one of the warmer days of the next 5 or so with highs reaching close to 80F. A slightly cooler air mass will arrive for Friday, but highs will still be in the 70s. The weekend is looking nice, but not perfect. There will be a front close to the area later Saturday and Sunday. While this front will not provide much, if any rain, clouds may be an issue over part of the weekend. With the added cloud cover temperatures will be a bit cooler staying in the 60s and lower 70s.

To our south in places like Texas there is already summer heat building. Temperatures well into the 90s are common and some humidity is starting to make itself felt. This heat is going to try to move northward next week, but the northern extent of its reach is in question. This time of year summer heat and humidity can move into southern New England very quickly and early heat waves are not impossible. We have over the past several years seen 90F degree readings in May with heat and humidity firmly in place during parts of June. Starting today every record high is now in the 90s until the end of September. The record for today is 93F set back in 1900. We have not seen a record high temperature in May since 2001 when there were 4 in that year alone.

Gardening this week
Japanese maple trees are one of the best ornamental trees you can put in your yard. I have a total of about a dozen scattered everywhere from the front of the house to the back. Check out some of the best varieties in this week's video.

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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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