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Plenty to Like About This Memorial Day Weekend Weather

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Joe Joyce WBZ-TV Meteorologist

Joe Joyce WBZ-TV Meteorologist

Low clouds and fog will continue to lift this morning with increasing sunshine and warming temps. Light WSW winds will push temps into the mid-upper 80′s ahead of an approaching cold front. This Saturday will be the best beach day with Eastern facing beaches from SNH to the south shore seeing highs climb into the mid 80′s. Cooler temps in the 70′s at our south facing beaches. With a high UV index…slap on the sunscreen before heading out. Water temps currently range from 55 to 60. Dewpoints in the mid 60′s will make it feel very summer like and muggy. A cold front will push through this afternoon an d may trigger a few scattered T’storms. This front will be the trigger for lift with enough instability, heat and mositure…that we may even see a few isolated stronger storms develop between the hours of 3- 6PM…especially south of Boston across CT, RI and SE MA. A great way to kick off the Memorial Day weekend.

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The front will push off the coast tonight with light northerly winds to follow, which will direct cooler and less humid air from Canada. This will be quite refreshing! Skies will clear tonight with temps dropping into the lwr-mid 50′s overnight. As high pressure builds in towards Northern Maine and a front stalled south of New England, we will wake up to a beautiful morning Sunday with clear skies and nice clean air with low humidity. Sunshine will be able to hold for most of the day. Highs will not be as warm but still in the 70′s near 80 inland. Cooler winds out of the SE will cool the beaches keeping temps in the 60′s and Lwr 70′s at the coast. Tal about relief. High clouds increase later in the day. Say…what you will about the summer weather, I think Sunday will be the best of the weekend…simply for comfort!

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The stalled front south of New England will begin to lift north as warm front Sunday Night with thickening clouds. Warm humid air in the Mid-Atlantic overriding the cooler drier air in place over will help to create the developing cloud cover. A cluster of thunderstorms will ride along this boundary Sunday night into early Monday morning before pushing off the coast. These storms will come with some locally heavy rain and lightning. By Monday morning, abundant clouds will be in place, which showers exiting the Cape by mid-morning. The humidity will be increasing with this stationary front stuck right over us. On the warmer side of the front in the CT river valley, highs will be in the 80′s. On the cooler side of the front, highs will be in the Lwr 70′s and even 60′s at the coast with light and variable winds which will turn onshore. Most of Memorial Day will be dry. Morning clouds will erode to some partial PM sun inland. A few scattered storms may try to pop late in the day in the NW. So for most…improving weather during the afternoon on Monday. A pretty great weekend overall!

The weather pattern will remain warm and humid from Tuesday into Wednesday with periodic showers and Thunderstorms  from time to time. The stationary front goes nowhere Tuesday… Still stuck over us, keeping clouds in place with showers and thunderstorms which should become more numerous one the cold front begins to push towards the coast Tuesday night into Wednesday. Behind this, less humid air with increasing sun to end the week with highs still in the 70′s

subtropical storm Beryl formed off the coast of the Carolinas last night. A week ago, we were talking about tropical storm Alberto. It is pretty rare for two tropical storms to form this early in the season…before Hurricane season has begun. In fact it has only occurred 2 other times in recorded history.

Since hurricane record keeping first started in 1851, two storms have formed before June 1 only twice, said Dennis Feltgen, center spokesman for the National Hurricane Center. The first time was in 1887, or 125 years ago, when Rutherford B. Hayes was president; storms formed on May 15 and 17.The other was in 1908, or 104 years ago, when Theodore Roosevelt was president; hurricanes emerged on March 6 and May 26.

Despite the early uptick in activity, that is not necessarily a sign for an active hurricane season. In fact this week, NOAA released their forecast for a near normal active season ahead. Activity should be falling off near the peak of Hurricane season as El nino begins to form in the eastern equatorial Pacific.

Meanwhile here at home, we are still looking at an unsettled and possibly wet pattern to continue into the first week of June. Good news as we continue to make strides in easing the short term drought conditions across New England.

Have a great weekend everyone! Make sure to take time to remember what is all about. Thank you to all the families who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for this country.

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