Here’s David Epstein’s weekend forecast

"I am quite optimistic for a nice day on Saturday."

BOSTON, MA - 9/28/2018: A subtle change of scenery with Fall colors slowly coming into bloom in the Boston Public Garden (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC stand alone photo
Boston's Public Garden on Friday. –David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe

Although we are going to see rain Friday, the weekend itself is looking mighty fine with plenty of sunshine and pleasant temperatures for all autumnal activities.

Friday

A low pressure area will cross Southern New England and bring a period of rain along with some heavier downpours. Any rain that does fall will slow down travel, and there could be some urban street flooding. The bulk of the rain will fall by 2 p.m. The rain will taper off for the evening commute, and clearing skies will take place slowly overnight.

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Rain will exit the region Friday afternoon. Credit: COD Weather

Clouds will keep readings cool on Friday. —David Epstein / NOAA data

Saturday

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I am quite optimistic for a nice day on Saturday. Although there may be a little bit of fog and cloudiness to start, by the time we get to the middle of the morning, the sunshine will be the dominant weather feature. Temperatures are going to be rather pleasant reaching the lower 70s. If you are headed to the beach — and this is worth thinking about — there will be some rather large swells coming on shore at times.

It will be warm on Saturday afternoon. —David Epstein / NOAA data

Sunday

After a very comfortable night of great sleeping weather Saturday night, Sunday looks to be a sparkling day featuring bright blue skies. Temperatures will be a little bit cooler than Saturday, but wonderful for outdoor activities including football, soccer, golf, and, of course, apple picking. Keep expectations low for foliage this weekend, the warm September has delayed the change of the leaves by a week or more.

Temperatures will be seasonably mild on Sunday. —David Epstein / NOAA data

Longer Range

Temperatures will start to warm early next week, and humidity will also make a comeback. We will be on the dividing line between comfortable fall air and the sticky summer stuff. The exact placement of this boundary will determine exactly how long any warmth and humidity lasts next week.