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Summer Heat For Two Days With Questions About Upcoming Weekend

During my time in school back in the dark ages, the first day of school was always after Labor Day. Now, many schools begin the week before and since this year labor day is as early as it can fall, students are going to be heading back to school on the warmest day of the month and one of the top hottest of the entire summer. This isnít to say this is very unusual for the end of August. Our temperatures the next two days while warm, wonít be near the records which are well into the 90s.

Humidity hasnít been very high for an extended period of time this summer. I think the collective memory of this summerís weather will be one of lots of sunshine, not too much heat and certainly not a lot of humidity. This is going to make today and tomorrow seem in some aspects warmer than it would have been in a more typical hot summer.

Up until this morning, Boston hasnít hit 90F more than 4 times. If you look at averages, this number would be closer to 11 or so by now. Thatís a full week of readings under 90F in a summer season that is really relatively short.

Logan Airport could see 90F tomorrow, but even if they donít many of you will see your backyard thermometers reach that milestone. As I tweeted a couple of days ago, pack an extra juice box for the kids in their lunches.

Tomorrow, late in the day, a cold front will come through the area bringing a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. If you are thinking of heading to the beach, itís going to be a wonderful beach day and similar to this afternoon. The only difference is that we have the risk of storms, but itís small.

You can see on this morningís visible satellite a line of clouds ahead of the cold front which will push through tomorrow. Notice how thin the line is, this is why any storms or showers we do see will be short lived and really not play a significant role in the forecast.

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That said, some of the storms could become strong and while many of us wonít see them, if you do happen to get storm, it could be quite loud while itís happening. I expect the threat of the showers to be over in Boston around 8PM .

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Thursday and Friday will be two wonderful days with similar weather to the much of the month of August. Low humidity and comfortable temperatures will make it tough to be at work or in school.

The weekend forecast isnít clear cut at this point. Presently, Saturday looks like the driest of the three days with an increasing chance of showers and thunderstorms during Sunday afternoon and again Monday.

The key to the forecast will be a slow moving front. This weather system, if it gets hung up in our area, could act as the catalyst for numerous showers, mostly during the afternoon. One thing that is going to happen later this weekend for sure is a return of more humidity. Throughout the holiday weekend itís going to feel rather sticky and unfortunately sunshine may be at a premium. More on the Labor Day forecast in the coming days. I'll be tweeting updates as well @growingwisdom. Please follow me there.

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