Weekly Outlook: May 27 – June 2, 2019

Today is Memorial Day, the “unofficial” start of summer. Unfortunately, the next few days won’t feel anything like summer around here. Some would say that’s just Spring in New England. We think it’s Mother Nature making the Bruins feel right at home as the Stanley Cup Final starts tonight.

The 1970 Cup Final rematch starts tonight. Here’s hoping it ends the same way the last one did – with a Bruins sweep. Image provided by Sportslogos.net

The week starts off a dry note as high pressure builds in behind a departing front. This will give us sunshine and mild temperatures. With light winds, a seabreeze will likely develop, keeping coastal locations several degrees cooler, as water temperatures are still only in the 50s. Late in the day, just before the puck drops for Game 1 at TD Garden, winds may shift back offshore, allowing warmer air to move back in to the coast.

Things go downhill for Tuesday and Wednesday. Remember that front that earlier? The one that went through last night? It’s going to stall out to the south. A wave of low pressure will ride along it on Tuesday, bringing us some rain and much cooler conditions. By Wednesday, some sunny breaks may develop, but some additional showers are also possible. That front will try to lift northward again as a warm front, but it may not get through until late Wednesday or Wednesday night.

Mid-afternoon temperatures in the middle to upper 40s? That’s what the models are showing for Tuesday afternoon. Image provided by WeatherBell.

Thursday should be a warmer and more humid day with the warm front to the north. However, a cold front will be approaching from the west, so we’ll have to watch out for showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening hours. The front should be offshore by early Friday, allowing sunshine and mild temperatures to return.

At least one model is showing the potential for next Sunday to be a very warm day. Image provided by Weathermodels.com

Next weekend should start off with sunshine and seasonably mild temperatures as high pressure builds back in. Sunday is a bit uncertain at this time, as another frontal system could be approaching from the west. If it moves in fast enough, we could be looking at another round of showers and thunderstorms. If it’s a little slower, Sunday could be another dry and warm day.

Monday: Sunshine and some afternoon clouds. High 71-78, cooler right along the coast during the afternoon.

Monday night: Becoming partly to mostly cloudy. Low 46-53.

Tuesday: Cloudy and cool with periods of rain and showers developing. High 56-63 early, dropping into the upper 40s and lower 50s during the afternoon.

Tuesday night: Cloudy with showers likely in the evening, tapering off overnight. Low 45-52.

Wednesday: Plenty of clouds with a few sunny breaks. A shower or two possible during the day, more likely at night. High 60-67.

Thursday: More clouds than sun with a few lingering showers early. Showers and thunderstorms are possible again late in the day and at night. High 73-80.

Friday: A lingering shower or two early, then becoming partly to mostly sunny and breezy. High 71-78.

Saturday: Lots of sunshine.High 72-79.

Sunday: Partly sunny, chance for some afternoon showers or thunderstorms. High 71-78.

Weekly Outlook: May 20-27, 2019

The time has finally arrived. We hereby declare it safe to put away your snowbrushes, shovels, winter clothing, etc. Winter has finally ended around here. We hope you enjoyed the 3 days of Spring we had this year, because we’re going right to summer now.

There is a slight risk for severe weather across portions of northern and western New England today. Image provided by the Storm Prediction Center.

We get an early taste of summer today with warm and humid conditions. Many locations, especially away from the South Coast, could top 80 degrees this afternoon. However, with a cold front approaching this afternoon, we’ll have to contend with some showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could be quite strong to severe, especially north and west of Boston, up into southern New Hampshire and across central and western Massachusetts. Some of the stronger storms may produce torrential downpours, strong winds, hail, and frequent lightning.

Temperatures could get quite warm this afternoon with enough sunshine. Image provided by WeatherBell.

Once the front moves through, cooler and drier weather settles in for Tuesday on gusty winds. A pop-up shower or two can’t be ruled out as well. High pressure builds in for Wednesday with temperatures moderating back to seasonably mild levels.

The end of the week looks mild, but unsettled. We have a system moves through on Thursday, producing some showers across the region, mainly during the afternoon and at night. High pressure builds in with cooler and drier weather again for Friday and at least part of Saturday before another system approaches, with another round of showers likely later Saturday into Sunday. Neither of these systems look strong, and the timing is still a bit uncertain, so don’t go cancelling any outdoor plans for the weekend just yet. Yet another system may approach for Memorial Day, but for now at least, most of the day looks dry, with any shower activity likely holding off until evening or at night.

That large area of showers and thunderstorms east of the Bahamas and southwest of Bermuda could consolidate into a tropical or subtropical cyclone today or tomorrow. Loop provided by NOAA.

Meanwhile, in the Atlantic, the tropics look like they are starting to wake up a little. Hurricane season in the Atlantic officially starts on June 1, but it’s not unheard of for tropical systems to develop before then. As of early Monday morning, a disorganized area of showers and thunderstorms was located between the Bahamas and Bermuda. This area could become more organized over the next 12-24 hours, and could become a tropical or subtropical cyclone later today or Tuesday. While it is expected to remain weak, and should get absorbed by a cold front towards midweek, it could bring some showers and squally conditions to Bermuda. It’s not a threat to us here in New England, but it should serve as a reminder that hurricane season is nearly here and we are WAAAAAAAAAY overdue for a hurricane to impact us. The last one to make landfall in New England was Hurricane Bob in August of 1991.

Monday: Early clouds, maybe a few showers, then becoming partly sunny, breezy, warm, and humid with some showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. High 78-85, cooler along the South Coast.

Monday night: Showers and thunderstorms end in the evening followed by clearing. Low 47-54.

Tuesday: Sunshine and some afternoon clouds, breezy, slight chance for a pop-up shower. High 61-68.

Tuesday night: Mostly clear. Low 43-50.

Wednesday: Partly to mostly sunny. High 62-69.

Thursday: Some sunny breaks early, otherwise mostly cloudy with showers likely late in the day and at night. High 65-72.

Friday: Becoming partly to mostly sunny. High 62-69.

Saturday: A mix of sun and clouds, chance for some showers during the evening and at night. High 67-74.

Sunday: Partly sunny, chance for a few showers. High 75-82.

Memorial Day: More clouds than sun, showers possible at night. High 71-78.

Weekly Outlook: May 13-19, 2019

We’ve been reminding you for a while now that it’s snowed around here into May before, and that was why we were reluctant to say that it was time to put away the shovels and snow brushes. Well, despite the fact that it’s mid-May, we’re still not there yet, as yesterday’s sleet should have reminded you.

Accumulating snow in mid-May? It’s happened around here before, back in 2002. Image provided by Tomer Burg.

We’ll start Monday off dry, but that won’t last long. A storm system will bring more precipitation in late in the day and into Tuesday. That precipitation will not be just rain for parts of the area. Sure, most of us will see rain, but some sleet and/or wet snow could be mixed in. Once you get into the hills, especially the Worcester Hills and the Monadnocks, there will almost certainly be some accumulating snow. Yes, it’s mid-May, and while this is rare, it’s not unheard of (see map above). The rain should come to an end on Tuesday, but with an upper-level low moving across the Northeast, we’ll remain cool on Wednesday with some more showers possible.

Several inches of snow may fall across the higher elevations of the Northeast over the next few days. More than a foot is possible in the White and Green Mountains and the Adirondacks. Image provided by Weathermodels.com

So, things start to get better on Thursday, right? We’re not that lucky. Another system comes along and brings in more rain for Thursday into Friday, then a cold front brings in even more showers on Saturday. Sunday is when we *should* finally see some improvement (we hope). While the rain may hang around that long, we should start to warm up for Friday and the weekend as an upper-level low pressure area moves out of the region. How warm we actually get is still to be determined, but we should at least be closer to normal, which is highs in the middle to upper 60s. Some models have it a little cooler than that, some a little warmer, some a lot warmer.

Average high temperatures for the middle of May are in the middle to upper 60s around here. We’ll be well below that for the first half of the week. That should change for the end of the week. Image provided by Weathermodels.com

Monday: Some sun in the morning, then becoming cloudy and breezy with rain developing late in the day. High 49-56.

Monday night: Rain, heavy at times, mixed with some sleet and/or wet snow at times, especially at higher elevations. Low 35-42.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, showers taper off in the morning. High 42-49.

Tuesday night: Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 34-41.

Wednesday: More clouds than sun, chance for a shower or two. High 52-59.

Thursday: A few sunny breaks early, otherwise mostly cloudy with some showers likely. High 59-66.

Friday: Partly to mostly cloudy with more showers possible, especially in the morning. High 60-67.

Saturday: Cloudy with some additional showers. High 62-69.

Sunday: A mix of sun and clouds. High 63-70.

Weekly Outlook: May 6-12, 2019

We’ve had quite a bit of rain over the past month, so we’re due for a break, right? Yes and no. We do have more rain on the way this week, but there might be a couple of nice days too.

Precipitation has been well above normal across much of the Northeast over the past month. Image provided by the Northeast Regional Climate Center.

We’re starting Monday off with some clouds, and a few lingering showers across the Cape, but things will improve this afternoon as high pressure builds in. That big, bright thing that will appear in the sky this afternoon is called “the sun”. We haven’t seen much of it lately, but we will today. Oh don’t worry, it won’t hang around too long. Clouds come right back on Tuesday ahead of a cold front, with more showers in the afternoon, maybe even a thunderstorm. The difference between Tuesday and the recent rain? It’ll be warm ahead of the front. Instead of east to northeast winds off the chilly Atlantic, we’ll have warmer west to southwest winds. Temperatures could top 70 in many locations.

Tuesday looks like it could be mild before the cold front brings in more rain. Image provided by Weathermodels.com

That cold front will stall out south of New England, but probably just far enough offshore to allow for some clearing on Wednesday as high pressure tries to build in. Another storm will start to approach on Thursday, but with the front stalled out to the south, we’ll be chilly once again as more showers move in. Friday looks like a cool and wet day, though it could get warmer at least south of Boston as the front tries to move in. Everything moves offshore for the weekend, with drier weather returning, though we could see another system start to move in by late Sunday.

Monday: A cloudy start, but sunshine gradually develops from west to east. High 58-65, a little cooler along the coast.

Monday night: Becoming mostly clear. Low 39-46.

Tuesday: Sunshine in the morning, then clouds return. Showers, maybe a thunderstorm late afternoon, breezy at times. High 67-74, cooler along the South Coast.

Tuesday night: Showers, possibly a thunderstorm, during the evening, then skies clear out across much of the region overnight, though clouds may linger across the South Coast. Low 41-48.

Wednesday: A mix of sun and clouds, with cloudiness mostly likely along the South Coast, breezy. High 58-65.

Thursday: Some early sunshine, otherwise mostly cloudy with a few showers possible during the afternoon, more likely at night. High 50-57.

Friday: Cloudy with rain likely, ending at night. High 49-56, possibly warmer south of Boston.

Saturday: Becoming partly to mostly sunny and breezy. High 58-65.

Sunday: Becoming mostly cloudy. High 60-67.