May is fantastic. The birds are really loud by 5AM this time of year and getting up early isn’t a problem. I find myself going to sleep before 9 so I can enjoy all the hours of daylight.
Today, we have a warmer day for everyone, especially those of you who live along the coast. Boston barely reached 50 F degrees for a short time on Saturday which was 12 degrees less than the long term 30 year average for the day. That persistent east wind can really knock back temperatures. Here in metro west my thermometer reached close to 70 for several hours.
The sun is very strong in May. This time of year the sun is about as strong as it would be in late July and early August. Don’t underestimate the strength of it or a spring sunburn will result.
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Today features lot of sunshine at times, but also building clouds and the chance for a shower or thunderstorm. There could be tiny hail stones if the storms get large enough, but I don’t expect anything severe with these storms. The map below shows the most likely spots for storms, along with the average amount of precipitation. If you did experience a thunderstorm, rainfall would be more than is seen here.
Highs will go into the 60s to near 70F, even in metro Boston today. This will be up to 20 degrees warmer than Saturday. Boston still has not officially reached 70F and if the automated surface observing system at Logan doesn’t read 70F at some point today, it’s going to almost certainly tomorrow.
After a pleasant night, temperatures are going to quickly rise to summer-like levels on Monday. I expect many areas to reach over 80 degrees. There won’t be noticeable humidity in the air, but since this is the warmest day since last fall, it will feel quite hot to some of you.
If you are in Boston working tomorrow, places such as Post Office Square will be packed for the morning coffee break and even more crowded for lunch. If you have the day off Monday, why not head to the beach? It will be that warm.
Showers arrive Tuesday, scattered in nature, and expect periods of sunshine mixed with the clouds. It won’t be as warm, but still above average in the 70s.
Drier weather returns for the middle of the week, with late May and early June like readings. If you have planted some grass seed, flowers or anything this weekend, be sure to check the soil and make sure it’s not dry. Without much rain on the horizon, it will be important to help out Mother Nature a bit.