If it seems like we haven’t had a day without clouds, wind, or cool temperatures lately, your perception is spot on. The last really nice warm day was a week ago when it reached 63 degrees in Boston. The good news: Wednesday is finally going to feature sunshine, milder air, and less wind. The bad news: It’s not going to last.
We have some major weather changes coming over the next five days with warm, muggy, and showery weather followed by cold—and even the chance for some snow. The warm and cold weather so close together will not only affect our collective mental state, it does run the risk of damaging some of the flower buds.
March weather madness takes a break
On Wednesday, you will get to enjoy plenty of sunshine and milder than average temperatures. The average high is in the upper 40s to lower 50s this time of year, but this Wednesday, we will reach the mid-50s. High pressure, which generally brings nice weather to the area, will remain in control Thursday, but since it will move east, winds will once again kick up, especially in the afternoon.
Highs Thursday will reach the 60s to perhaps as warm as 70 degrees. There will be lots of sunshine, and if I didn’t think the wind would be so gusty, it would be an ideal day. This warm air will certainly help the buds to further open, and you’ll notice trees taking on a green or reddish hue depending on type.
On Friday, a strong cold front to our west will force muggy and moist air up the eastern seaboard. The storm system to which this front is connected is the same one that brought snow to the Rockies and rain to the Midwest. This storm will move into Canada and give us a period of showers Friday.
Here comes the cold
Saturday is still seasonable, but a true arctic front will be pushing south and east late in the day and usher in a period of winter temperatures and possible snow showers. The cold arrives Saturday night and any rain showers might change to snow by early Sunday. Sunday is going to feel like winter again with highs at least 10 degrees below average.
The problem with the cold on the heels of such mild air is some of the apple, peach, and other fruit tree blossoms can open enough so the cold will injure them. If this occurs, there wouldn’t be any fruit this fall on those trees. I am most concerned about Monday and Tuesday mornings next week.
Apple orchard issues
Predicting flower damage is very difficult and can vary from one orchard to the next. However, it’s a real possibility next week. So while it’s likely none of us is going to be happy with another week of wild temperature extremes, it can have a lasting impact long after it’s over.
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