Here’s David Epstein’s forecast for Memorial Day weekend

Dry, mild air — and no rain in sight.

American flags fill Seaport Common near the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial. Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

We’re in for an amazing stretch of wonderful weather just in time for Memorial Day weekend. There is one possible issue for Saturday, but otherwise the forecast looks great.

Here are the details:

Friday will feel like summer:

A southwest breeze will boost temperatures to some of the warmest levels we’ve seen so far this spring. High tide will occur around noon, but remember that while inland temperatures will be 80 to 85, it will be 10 degrees cooler at the water’s edge south of Boston. Water temperatures are still in the 50s.

Many areas will reach at least 80 degrees.

Many areas will reach at least 80 degrees Friday afternoon.

A Saturday cool down:

A new area of high pressure eventually builds into the region, and this time it’s coming from Canada. Unlike the day before, Saturday will be cooler with an easterly wind. Temperatures will be in the 60s for parts of the region, while over Cape Cod and the islands, it may stay in the 50s all day. There will be plenty of sunshine to the north, but there could be a glitch over the south coast with possible clouds and a shower.


Mid-day temperatures will be in the 60s Saturday, but only in the 50s at the shore.

A super Sunday:

The middle of the three-day weekend looks great with sunshine for all areas, but a cool east wind means you’ll need a jacket if you are out of the sun. Readings will remain in the 50s at the beach and the 60s inland. The sun is very strong this time of year. 

Sunday is a bit cool with highs reaching the lower 60s for a couple of hours.

Milder on Memorial Day:

Although the typical Memorial Day festivities won’t be happening this year, Monday will still be a nice day to get outside for some social distancing with friends. If you’re having a barbecue, the weather will cooperate. Temperatures will approach 70 in the afternoon, but remain in the low-to-mid 60s at the coast. I don’t see any chance of rain this entire weekend — something we don’t typically get for a Memorial Day weekend.


The warmest readings Monday will be away from the influence of a sea breeze.

Check out what’s happening with Boston weather right now on our live-updating radar map.

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