Weather Goes Downhill Before Many Racers Hit Heartbreak Hill

After a major weekend of gardening and enjoying the weather conditions, we are now in the middle of a 180-degree turn for the worse. Already this morning showers are overspreading the region with an area of steadier and heavier rain back through Connecticut and New York. This area will lift north and eventually spread into the entire area this afternoon. I circled two areas of rain. The first, closest to us could impact the area this morning with showers. Then there will likely be a brief break before the steady rain right around noon.


This isn’t going to be a great day for the marathon. I know there have been years when it’s been hotter and colder, and wetter, but this is shaping up as a rather nasty day. For runners, the head wind and rain are the issues.

Actual temperatures in the 40s would be good for the race, but the other two factors overwhelm that. If you are watching the race, it’s going to be raw and cold. Standing in place in this kind of weather can be a challenge. Bring warm clothes and something waterproof if you have it. It might be good to have something warm to drink as well.

As winds increase later today, a windswept rain will ensue. I can’t see any way the Red Sox are going to play today and by the time you read this it might already be postponed. The map below is for noon, the rain is coming down from Hopkinton to Boston by then.

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There could be some splash over along the coast during high tide. I am not overly concerned with flooding since we haven’t had much rain and the snow has melted. That said, if you are driving, there can be street flooding, and basements that are susceptible to water issues from heavy rain could get wet.


The bulk of the rain will be over by Tuesday morning, but there could be showers in the afternoon. The temperatures won’t be as chilly as they will be today with highs getting back into the 60s.

The atmosphere is unsettled mid-week. Even though Wednesday looks dry to me, I can’t entirely rule out a passing shower. The second half of the week looks cool, and there could be a shower or two. Highs are only going to reach the mid 50s each afternoon and a pop-up shower is possible, but the chances diminish as we get into the weekend.

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If you are running today. Best of luck, it’s an amazing accomplishment whether it’s the first or 40th time you’ve run one of these things.

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