Posted by Chris Lambert
A sluggish start this Friday turned into quite a pleasant afternoon as clouds parted ways and sunny skies allows for temperatures to jump into the mid 50s near the coast, and to around 60 inland. Even across the Cape and Islands, where a cold rain fell through lunchtime, we managed to rise into the 50s with some sun late in the day.
Cooler weather prevails tonight as a shot of Canadian air slides into New England. That pushes the mercury down to a couple degrees either side of 30 by daybreak tomorrow. Factor in a breeze, and once again it'll feel cool outside. Despite the cool weather Saturday, it's a nice day overall with highs in the upper 40s to 50 and lots of sunshine. One thing to keep in mind this time of year, is the brush fire danger. With a strong breeze tomorrow and afternoon humidity down in the 20-30% range, brush fires can easily start and spread. Although many of us are anxious to get out there and get the yard all cleaned up after a long winter, it's not a good time to burn off the dead brush and leave piles as the wind can pick up some of those embers and spread that fire quickly.
The second half of the weekend is about 10 degrees warmer, but also cloudier. A spot shower or sprinkle is not out of the question, but most of us stay dry.
Opening day looks dry as well, as temps near 60. We'll watch the possibility of winds turning onshore in the afternoon, and that'll drop temps back through the 50s late in the afternoon close to the coastline, including at Fenway park.
Next week presents a challenge temperature-wise a cold front drops in from our north Tuesday night/Wednesday AM. On the other side of that front, winds turn north to northeast and that squashes any sort of warm weather this time of year. Occasional showers ride along that front as well mid to late week. Just south of the front, temperatures are in the 70s. If we can get a day or two with that front moving back north of us, we'll do ok, but the problem is, that's a tall order this time of year with an area of high pressure to the north. As of now, my 7-day forecast is based on the fact that the warm air stays just south of us Wednesday-Friday, putting us in the 40s and 50s.