Nice afternoon, mid-week heat still on schedule

I hope you enjoyed the weekend and got outside for at least part of it. Yesterday turned out spectacular during afternoon with nearly 100% sunshine and comfortable temperatures. Sunday’s weather is what many forecasters also expected Saturday. Unfortunately, the east wind had other ideas. Some of you may be wishing for that chill by Thursday afternoon as we experience a two day shot of 90 degree temperatures this week.

The weather map currently shows several features that will play into our weather the next seven days. For me, the most noteworthy result of these different systems is that together they will keep us rain free for many days. While this is great news for vacations and beach goers, the lack of rain is going to once again rear its ugly head. Lawns that are not irrigated will quickly go dormant (turn brown) late this week and into next. If you have potted plants outside, I recommend watering them heavily Tues-Friday this week. For additional tips and updates follow me on Twitter at @growingwisdom and check out my latest videos at

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This afternoon

On the map above there is an area of high pressure just to our east. Let’s call this high pressure 1. I put arrows pointing to each of the highs that will affect us the next few days.
This first high is what gave us the nice weather yesterday and also caused the east wind, the clouds and the chilly temperatures Saturday. As the high moves away today and tomorrow temperatures will slowly warm getting into the lower 70s today and upper 70s on Tuesday. Skies will remain generally clear and winds quite light. The ocean clouds that moved back into the area this morning are leaving and sunshine will be mixing with the clouds the rest of the afternoon and evening.
Wednesday and Thursday
High number 2 moves into the area for the middle of the week with a vengeance. After such cool weather, the heat, while not long lasting, will be a shock to the system. I expect 90s to be widespread both Wednesday and Thursday with the only places to escape the heat will be Cape Cod and some south shore coastal communities. There, temperatures will hold in the 80-85 degree range. This high will then push offshore by Friday and allow the final area of high pressure to move in for the weekend.
Friday and next weekend
Friday is a transitional day from the 90 degree heat back to temperatures in the 80s. There may be a thunderstorm or shower as the heat leaves and cooler air moves back into the region. However, the amount of moisture with this change is not expected to be very great, so widespread rainfall is not expected. Next weekend is looking quite nice with a westerly breeze and comfortable humidity levels. Sunshine should be abundant and with that air mass, and high pressure number 3, coming from central Canada, cool ocean air should not be a problem.

Gardening this week

If your perennials seem out of control and rather large already you can do some pruning to help manage their size. Many perennials will stay tighter and neater from some quick pruning. Check out this video and see how you can try this in your own yard.

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