Here’s David Epstein’s weekend weather forecast

All eyes are on Hurricane Florence, which will minimally impact New England. Otherwise, the region is in for another weekend of summer weather.

Low tide on Cape Cod Bay offers some heat relief to beachgoers in Provincetown looking back towards Truro off Commercial Street.

All eyes are on the impact that Hurricane Florence will have on the Southeastern United States, where some areas may receive 2 feet of rain, possibly more, along with high winds and devastating storm surge.

While torrential rain continues over the Southeast, the hurricane’s effects in New England will be limited to high surfs and possible rip currents, mainly along the south-facing beaches. If you go to the beach — and this weekend is looking like a great beach weekend — be extra cautious about choosing to go in the water.

Otherwise, New England is looking at a fantastic stretch of weather through the weekend. Here’s your complete forecast:

The sun comes out Friday.

high temperatures Friday
High temperatures Friday will be in the 70s. —David Epstein / NOAA data

Friday is the first day in several that we’ll actually see sunshine and no chance of rain. High pressure building in from the north will protect New England from any additional moisture for several days. Temperatures are going to run above-average and reach well into the 70s. Winds off the water will keep temperatures slightly cooler along the coast. We’ll also experience moderate levels of humidity.

… and continues Saturday.

high temperatures saturday
High temperatures on Saturday will be in the 70s. —David Epstein / NOAA data

I can’t guarantee that this isn’t the last weekend of the year when we’ll have widespread beach weather, so if you like it, get out there any enjoy it. Temperatures Saturday afternoon will reach the upper 70s to near 80 inland. Winds will be light off the water, and there will be enough humidity in the air that it’ll still feel like summer.

Tides will be low around 11 a.m. and p.m.

Sunday will be warmer.

high temperatures sunday
High temperatures Sunday will reach the lower 80s. —David Epstein / NOAA data

Sunday will be the warmest day of the weekend with temperatures getting into the lower 80s. Once again, the coastline will be a bit cooler, but the swell shouldn’t be as high. Nevertheless, take caution if you are heading to the beach.

The sun is now setting before 7 p.m., so if you have outdoor plans, be aware of the loss of light much earlier than just a few weeks ago.

A look ahead at next week:


Longer range, next week will start sunny and warm, but by the middle of the week, some showers from what’s left of Florence may affect the area. I think we have a more significant period of cooler weather in store for next weekend.