Struggling To Warm…But Still Above Normal

By Meteorologist Joe Joyce, WBZ-TV

It’s always good to have a little perspective. Our recent warm March was a serious tease as most of us were ready to break out the beach gear and move right into summer…and skip an entire season! Well, as we know…spring has returned. It is a typical April airmass. Normal high for this time of year is 53 and that is where we will be today. Dry breezy conditions still making for an elevated risk of brush fires. A red flag warning is in place for Worcester and Middlesex counties. A deck of mid level clouds is pushing through east MA this AM from Northern New England. Brighter skies will be found inland. These are clouds on the move…so sun will return before the AM through…but All of us will begin to turn cloudy this afternoon. Breezy NW winds will keep temps in the Lwr 50’s. Winds turn onshore this afternoon at the coast which will keep temps in the 40’s at the beaches…with clouds and a breeze…definitely chilly.

High pressure to our west is making for bright sunshine inland…but we have to watch a low off the coast of New England which will be pushing into Nova Scotia and then eventually into Canada…just north of New England. This low will continue to wrap in cooler air from the NW. The cool air aloft in a cyclonic pattern with a trough in the Northeast will keep thing unstable the the periodic spot shower or sprinkle…but also many dry. So the dry conditions will likely continue for the week ahead.

Clouds will thicken tonight with the potential for a spot shower or sprinkle at the coast with lows in the 30’s. I think Easter Sunday will be a somewhat brighter and slightly milder day with more of a westerly wind direction. Temps will be in the 30’s for morning services with highs climbing into the mid 50’s by afternoon. Skies will start off sunny Sunday with building afternoon clouds.

Monday through Thursday will be a time of weather more controlled by this upper Low as it sits right over us. Cool aloft with abundant cloud cover developing during the afternoon hours with the heating of the day. A spot shower cour really occur at any point as we see spokes over energy wrapping around the low.  Mostly cloudy skies with breaks of sun with highs nearing 60 Monday and Tuesday. As the upper low starts to pull away Wednesday and Thursday there will be a better chance of a few afternoon showers…but nothing to help ease the drought and brushfire danger.

By the weekend, an upper level ridge will finally kick out the upper low with building high pressure at the surface. This will mean increasing sunshine and warming temps into the 60’s. A warm front will be approaching Saturday with the chance of afternoon showers. SW winds will keep it mild into Sunday & Monday…but we will have to continue to watch for the potential for showers with a lows tracking west of New England Sunday-Monday


  • David White

    Thanks Joe:

    Can you say what needs to happen in our pattern to bring in a spell or two of soaking rain? Joe D’Aleo indicated in a recent post (Weatherbell) a similarity between now and the four year drought in the Northeast US which lasted from 1962-66. Namely the similarity of the present cold PDO and warm but beginning to cool AMO now and fifty years ago in 1962. That year, as I recall, we had a warm and dry April, followed by a cool and rainy spell which lasted the whole first week of May. I remember the drought concluding with very heavy rains in September 1966. I can’t remember whether these were tropical storm related or not. The winters of those years were not necessarily less snowier. 1962-3 had record snows in Northern New England, I seem to recall, as did 1965-6. The summer were lovely, if dry.

    • Scott

      Well , as i can recall, Mr White. you said raw, rain, wind on Easter. Now, only being hours away, it seems like your forecast will be Wrong! I said it would be sunny near 60. I guess don’t know where you dig up your forecasts???? And then you write another blog about the weather in 1962 just to get away from your prediction. Can you amitt that you were wrong???? I hope so….

      • David White

        Thanks Scott: I don’t recall suggesting it would be rainy and raw on Easter. If I did I admit on this Easter Eve that I am wrong. Sorry.

  • paul

    does anybody think we are going get a summer preview in april?

    • Scott

      not at all……..won’t happen!

    • Italo


  • Italo

    This feels and is cooler than the unusual warmth we had last month, yeah, but what we’re having now isn’t anything weird or different: it’s what is normal for around here every spring, year in and year out. And when that sun comes out, being April and all, it makes you feel great physically and really picks you up! Wishing a very Happy Easter to all out here who are celebrating the holiday, too.

    • Rob Rose

      Have to agree with Italo….this is actually very nice weather for April in New England. April in New England can be cool misty and rainy….we do need one good soaker though.

  • man-o-wx

    It feels a little chilly to me. I can’t wait for consistent warmth, but I don’t like it over 80 F.

    The winters of 63 to 66 were generally cold in the eastern half of the nation. Solar activity was waning ( max 1959 ) I expect a colder snowier winter next moderated by greenhouse effect.

  • Ron T

    It’s the icy and dry windchill that affects me outside doing some spring cleanup, and dressing like it’s February

    Once the wind calms down, it’s not that bad, and totally agree that we do need rain in the worst way!!

  • Paul52

    This month has so far seen cold mornings but afternoons that have been generally seasonable in temperatures. The prevalent winds have been making the afternoons feel colder than they should have. Otherwise it has been a good month for outdoor yard work! Rainfall here in Pepperell has only been 52% of the average since 1 January; so yes it has been very dry! I want to wish everyone a Happy Easter Day however you may observe it.

  • Italo

    Was it–1993?–that we had a big nor’easter in the month of June? My family was invited to a wedding, and it was swirling cold downpours and gale winds outside. I think that we had such a storm in early July a couple of summers ago, too. The rains will balance themselves out with all this dry weather, eventually.

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