It was a foggy start in much of the region on this Friday. In fact, when I drove to work at 2:20 this morning, the fog was the thickest that I have seen in many years with a visibility near or less than 100 yards in places. Thankfully, with no storm clouds above, the fog burned off rapidly thanks to the strong June sunshine. As an upper level disturbance digs southeastward from Hudson Bay, it will trigger some showers and thunderstorms. They will erupt across northern New England as the afternoon progresses then proceed into the Boston area from late afternoon to early evening. Some of the boomers could be potent with gusty winds, downpours, nasty lightning and possible hail. The short wave and frontal boundary will exit overnight with drier air flowing in so any widespread fog is unlikely later tonight as temperatures fall into the 50s. Tomorrow should be a beauty with a pleasant west-northwesterly breeze through midday. Sunshine will be prevalent despite varying amounts of feathery cloudiness. Expect highs in the range of 80-84 even at the coast except the outer Cape where a few upper 70s are probable. The tide will be high just after 4pm with the ocean temperatures at 55-60 degrees. The next weather maker over the Great Lakes will track southeastward across NY but only graze southwestern New England with some showers later tomorrow and tomorrow night. This system will pass out over the ocean on Sunday. With a weak bubble of high pressure building in on Sunday, a sea breeze will set in and keep the coastal areas cooler with highs in the upper 60s while farther inland, it will warm up to 77-80. High tide occurs closer to 5pm. Overall, the weekend should be nice in Worcester County, on Cape Cod, Cape Ann, the NH and ME coastal areas into the Lakes Region and the northern mountains.
Next week, as high pressure ramps up just offshore, the return flow of air from the south-southwest will warm the region into the lower possibly middle 80s Tuesday while south-facing coastal areas will be cooler. The next disturbance will approach with some clouds later Tuesday so Wednesday into Thursday will probably be unsettled with some showers and storms.
Based upon various global factors and the return of El Nino, the seasonal outlook for much of the summer from July through much of September is leaning toward somewhat below average temperatures. It should certainly be cooler than last summer especially during July that was the second warmest in 2011. There will NOT be a repeat of the 103 degrees on July 22!
Have a happy and safe weekend.