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Cool & Cloudy Ends the Workweek, Sunshine Returns This Weekend

This is the last weekend before Labor Day weekend and as such, we all want a nice weekend of weather. This morning we find wet roads and some rain shower activity, something we havenít seen very much of this second half of August.

As I often mention, rainfall in the summer is more scattered in nature and while itís surprising we havenít seen much rain, itís certainly not a crisis situation. The current drought monitor continues to illustrate the driest area of the northeast corner is basically much of eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island as well as eastern Connecticut. The majority of New England has actually had normal amounts of rainfall this summer and that is what is reflected on the map.

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This weekend will be a dry weekend as any shower activity of today will be over. Temperatures are not going to be very warm either day. On Saturday the highs will reach the lower 70s inland, but some coastal beaches may still remain in the upper 60s much of the day. You can see temperatures across the area for Saturday below.

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Clouds will play a role on that day keeping us from seeing full sunshine. I like using the following map to illustrate cloud cover. This map gives us an idea of the percentage of the sky that will have clouds during the middle of the morning tomorrow.

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I think the percentage will be higher earlier, but tend to decrease during the afternoon. That means there will be more sunshine at the end of the day than at the start of it.

Iíll be updating the forecast @growingwisdom on Twitter.

The sun will go down at just about 7:30 this weekend, give or take a few minutes depending on your exact location. The tides are high in the latter half of the morning prior to noon if youíre going to the beach.

Sunday is the better of the two weekend days. There will be more sunshine than the day before. Look at the cloud cover map we saw for tomorrow on Sunday. Notice the percentage of clouds is greatly reduced leaving us with more blue sky.

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Temperatures Sunday will be a bit warmer than the day before as a result of the air mass modification and the increase in solar energy.

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Much of next week continues the dry pattern. There will be some big heat building in the center of the country and we could see a glancing blow from that sometime later next week just prior to Labor Day.

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The tropics are a bit more active today, but itís been a very quiet season so far as many forecasters expected. The latest area of concern is over the Caribbean and it is going to be monitored very closely throughout the weekend.

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This area, while not yet a named storm will be bringing heavy rain and gusty winds to part of the Bahamas during the next several days. Long-range models continue to keep this area somewhere off the southeast coast next week so stay tuned.

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