If you took Monday’s weather map and didn’t show me the temperatures, you could easily fool me into thinking it was from the middle of winter.
A double-barrelled low pressure area to our south and west and the flow around these systems is keeping much of New England on the near-record cool side of average. In the summer, air masses in this part of the world typically don’t have the contrast in temperature to produce these types of weather systems.
The good news is this abnormal pool of cool air will only stick around for a couple of days before being replaced by much warmer conditions later this week.
If you are on vacation this week, Monday and Tuesday are definitely days to read or go shopping, leaving the beach for Wednesday and Thursday. The meteogram from one model shows our cool damp weather at the beginning of the week and then a warm-up at the end.
Another round of showers and perhaps some downpours are likely on Friday as a cold front approaches. If this front keeps moving, we will see a nice weekend, but a slower passage will keep clouds around for Saturday.
The chilly weather may feel especially cold for New Englanders because last summer was a doozy in terms of heat and dryness. A year ago this week, Boston and much of New England was in the middle of a 6 day heat wave. July 2016 recorded a dozen days at or above 90 degrees — and there was a whopping 22 of those all year.
Beyond this week, the weather looks warmer to start the month of August. Early August can bring some very hot weather to the region, but we will need to wait a bit longer to see just how warm next month is going to be.
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