Weather

Briefly warm afternoon, dry and seasonable the rest of the week

Cool marine air greeted us this morning with temperatures in lower 50s and a touch of drizzle. Across Cape Cod and back through Connecticut it’s in the 60s. We are going to see some rapid changes over the next 12 hours with a burst of warm air followed by cooler Canadian air for the weekend.

This morning a warm front is moving northward at the same time the remnants of Ana pass out to see south of Nantucket. I really was hoping the upper-level pattern would have been different enough to bring this moisture further north and help alleviate what is quickly turning into a spring drought. While there have been some limited showers, we are still overall significantly dry. Drought-busting rain would need to be in the order of 3 to 5 inches and occur over a longer period of time. The ground can only absorb so much water at once. Sunny and windy weather coming tomorrow will only dry out the landscape further.

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Quickly warmer weather
The temperature map for early afternoon gives a good idea how quickly it’s going to warm up after 11 a.m. Inland areas will easily reach the 80s, while along the coastline 70s will be more commonplace. Humidity levels will also increase. You’ll have to decide if it’s too much or not.

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Thunderstorms
A cold front will cross the region later today and this evening. The winds above the surface are quite brisk today, and this type of pattern can help spawn gusty thunderstorms. The total precipitation expected through tonight isn’t very much (credit WeatherBell), but some areas may see a briefly heavy downpour.

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The Severe Storms Prediction Center has put much of the area in some risk of big storms today.

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Comfortable Later Tonight
Cooler and drier air makes its way back through the region tonight. The next map shows what temperatures to which you will awaken on Wednesday. The wind will become quite brisk tomorrow, and this means high levels of pollen once again.

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Nice weather continues.
Dry and seasonably mild weather continues through the rest of the work week. I don’t see much chance of rain in the next seven day, but if we are going to receive any, it will be Saturday.

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This is prom and graduation season, and I know weather is important for many of you. Sunday looks dry and mild to warm with temperatures reaching back into the lower 70s. The exact time of sunset is different for each area, but generally we all will start enjoying 8 p.m. or later sunsets this weekend through early August. The further north and west you live, the later the sunset will occur. If you live further east and north, you get to enjoy the earliest sunrises.

Have a great Tuesday.

You can follow David’s weather updates on Twitter at @growingwisdom.

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