David Epstein: What to expect from the weather this weekend

Sunday will be glorious with dry air and a sea breeze.

BOSTON, MA - 5/02/2018: SUMMER IN MAY seen here on Carson Beach in South Boston   (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC stand alone photo
Carson Beach in South Boston, May 2, 2018. –David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe

We start our Friday with a good deal of sunshine, and it’s going to continue the entire weekend. I can’t rule out a quick sprinkle or brief shower Friday afternoon, but overall it’s a dry forecast. There will be some clouds Saturday with the sun, so don’t expect a 100 percent clear sky. Sunday will be glorious with dry air and a sea breeze.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen two back-to-back days of mainly blue skies without any chance of precipitation, but that’s what we have for this weekend, our second full weekend of June.


Temperatures are going to be seasonably warm to above-average, with high temperatures Friday and Saturday reaching the 80-degree mark or even a little bit better. Humidity is going to be kept in check this weekend. Although it will be warm enough to go to the beach, a lake, or even sit by the pool, it will be chilly when you get out of the water because of the lack of moisture in the air.

Highs Friday. —NOAA

The thickest clouds and showers will stay south

You might have heard there was a chance of precipitation on Saturday, but that system is going to stay too far to our south. It may bring a few clouds to the south coast Saturday night and early Sunday, but that’s about it.

Highs Saturday. —NOAA

Across northern New England the weather looks equally spectacular with plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the 70s, both Saturday and Sunday. If you’re heading to the beach, the tide will be high early in the morning and again around sunset. Speaking of the sunset, we are now entering the longest days of the year, with the earliest sunrises occurring from now through next weekend.

The ocean is warming up slowly

Water temperatures are responding to all the daylight with ocean water now getting into the lower 60s in southern New England, especially in the sheltered bays. The water is a lot colder in Maine, however.


The dry weather will continue into at least the first part of next week. The odds favor much below normal rainfall during this period.


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