Weekend weather: What you need to know for every activity you have planned

Saturday will most definitely be the more enjoyable of the two weekend days.

People enjoy lunch and sunshine in Boston Common on June 30.
–Ryan Breslin / Boston.com

Mid-September offers some of the nicest weather of the entire year: abundant sunshine and pleasantly warm, dry air. That will certainly be the case at the start of this weekend, but clouds and showers are likely to finish it.

High pressure is in control of our weather Friday and Saturday, but will push off the coast Saturday evening, allowing for more humidity and clouds to invade on Sunday. The severity of the drought has grown in recent weeks, and in spite of it being a weekend, we should all root for at least some rain by Sunday evening.

If you’re heading to a local orchard or farm to go apple picking or eat doughnuts…

This is the time of year to take advantage of picking your own apples, as local farms are open and have lots of fruit for picking. It’s a great way to support farming, and you and the kids will have a blast. Saturday is the sunniest day to be in an orchard, but because Sunday morning will be cloudy, there will be smaller crowds.

If you’re going hiking, biking, or running…


Saturday morning will feature cool and comfortable conditions with clear skies. I expect it to feel warm by the middle of the day, with highs reaching the 70s. On Sunday, the skies will be mainly cloudy, and the chance of showers will increase as the day progresses. It looks like any shower activity will happen after noon, so plan accordingly.

Temperatures Saturday will reach the 70s in most areas
Temperatures on Saturday will reach the 70s in most areas. —Dave Epstein

If you’re going beaching and boating…

Without question, Saturday is the best day for the beach. Highs will reach the mid-70s, and water temperatures will still be warm enough for swimming. Expect little or no sun on Sunday, with that chance of rain increasing during the afternoon.

If you’re playing soccer, softball, baseball, or golf…

Saturday’s forecast: A cool morning means there will likely be dew on the fields. This can also mean quite a bit of moisture on your shoes, so bring extra socks. The sun will be out in full force all day, with temperatures rising from the 50s early on to mid- and upper-70s by 2 p.m.

Sunday’s outlook: Humidity will creep up in the afternoon. Clouds will thicken, as well. There’s a chance for rainfall, especially after 12 p.m.

Sunday will be cloudy and muggy with highs in the lower and middle 70s
Sunday will be cloudy and muggy, with highs in the mid- to upper-70s. —Dave Epstein

If you’re gardening…

This is a great time to get your lawn repair done. Be sure you can loosen the soil before you put some seed on the lawn. You’ll need to water when it doesn’t rain. Although some rain is expected Sunday and Sunday night, don’t expect the drought to be alleviated for many months, or even longer.

If you’re running errands…


Sunday is errand day this weekend. Saturday is the best day to be outside. There could be some heavier downpours on Sunday afternoon or evening, so if you don’t like driving in the rain, get your chores done before noon.

If you’re headed to Fenway for the Yankees series…

Friday night’s game will be played under clear, moonlit skies. (That’s the full Harvest moon rising in the outfield.) Temperatures will fall through the 60s throughout the innings. It will be warm and sunny for the afternoon game on Saturday, with temperatures in the 70s. During Sunday evening’s game, which could be impacted by showers, it will be cloudy and humid, with temperatures around 70 degrees.

I will be updating the forecast on Twitter @growingwisdom throughout the weekend.

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