Weekly Outlook: April 26 – May 2, 2021

In our Weekend Outlook, we mentioned the potential for a significant warmup later this week. Well, that was a bit premature.

We start the week off with high pressure building in behind yesterday’s storm system. We’ll still have breezy conditions in the wake of the system, especially during the morning and early afternoon. With an upper-level low pressure area also moving across the Northeast, some clouds may pop up during the afternoon as well. As the upper low pulls away on Tuesday we’ll have some sunshine, less wind, and milder temperatures.

Wind gusts of 30 mph or higher are possible today. Image provided by WeatherBell.

A warm front moves into the region late Tuesday night, with some showers and possibly a thunderstorm accompanying it. This sets up a very mild day on Wednesday, with much of the region getting well into the 70s, and some 80-degree readings possible well inland. The warmth won’t last long though, as a cold front will be approaching the region later in the day, producing another round of showers and possibly thunderstorms.

Wednesday looks like it will be the warmest day of the week. Image provided by Weathermodels.com

After that, things get a little complicated, as the models don’t agree on exactly how the pattern evolves. That cold front stalls out near or just south of the region Wednesday night. Another wave of low pressure rides along that front, bringing in another round of showers on Thursday. Will that wave lift the front back through as a warm front or not? That’s a critical question for the temperature forecast. The showers look like they will linger into Friday with mild temperatures before a stronger cold front moves through late in the day. Saturday looks to be drier and cooler with high pressure building in, but another upper-level low moves through, with more clouds and possibly a shower or two. Sunday looks milder as high pressure moves offshore and a southwesterly flow redevelops. However, another system could be approaching the region from the west. Whether the shower activity ahead of that system arrives late in the day Sunday or on Monday is a detail that can’t be resolved this far out.

Temperatures on Thursday will be highly dependent on where the front is located. Images provided by Pivotal Weather.

Monday: Partly to mostly sunny and breezy. High 53-60.

Monday night: Partly cloudy. Low 34-41.

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

Tuesday night: Partly to mostly cloudy with a few showers possible, maybe even a rumble of thunder. Low 43-50.

Wednesday: Intervals of clouds and sunshine, showers and thunderstorms possible late in the day and into the evening. High 69-76, cooler along the coast.

Thursday: Plenty of clouds with showers likely. High 56-63.

Friday: Mostly cloudy and breezy with more showers. High 59-66.

Saturday: Partly sunny. High 56-63.

Sunday: A mix of sun and clouds, breezy, chance for a few late-day showers. High 57-64.

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