A tiny piece of the mass of horrible heat that has broiled the Midwest streamed into New England today but we didn’t feel it at ground level thanks to the layer of mid-level cloudiness which overspread the region early this morning. Temperatures aloft supported surface highs closer to 94 if sunshine had been prevalent. I was suspicious of this happening yesterday but felt that some thinning and broken spots would easily boost temperatures over 90. I had expected we would be vulnerable to some spotty showers or storms anytime during the day but it was only a few light showers and sprinkles that plagued some places. Fortunately, the missing parameters that I examined yesterday resulted in no volatile weather today and that is a good thing. The air will transition from humid to very dry without any boomers as a cold front settles southward across the region tonight. You’ll start to feel some slight drying during the evening but you will definitely notice the crisp air tomorrow. The really good news is that this refreshing, soothing air will last through most of the upcoming week. Yes, indeed, there is a genuine change in the weather pattern that will not only serve refreshments to us but, more importantly, dish out real relief in much of the Midwest. Those folks have suffered long enough. For instance, St. Louis today baked in its 10th consecutive day over 100 degrees! UGH! The ridge of high pressure containing the heat will retrogress westward as a broad trough develops over the eastern part of the nation providing the steering currents to escort the cooler air down from Canada.
Looking into this upcoming week, we’ve got a sweet deal as the weather will be wonderful for all outside sports and work activities. It will be special for hiking and climbing, boating, running, biking, golfing, swimming, etc. After tomorrow’s upper 80s, the temperatures will max out around 83 most places Monday through Thursday. Sea breezes will make it cooler at midweek along the coast with beach temperatures in the range of 76-79. After tonight’s mins in the middle 60s, the overnight lows through the rest of the week will range from near 64 in Boston to as low as 52 in the coolest outlying valley locations which makes it very comfortable for sleeping in the dry air. In fact, the dew points may dip to near or just under 50 late tomorrow which is quite rare in July. Each day will feature a decent supply of sunshine but there will be an assortment of small puffy clouds and streamers of feathery clouds. Later in the week, a plume of moisture over the Southeastern States may be channeled northeastward to possibly clip the South Coast and the lower Cape Cod area Friday night or Saturday. It is too premature to be confident of this occurrence. Perhaps it will stay just offshore, For now, I will lean in the direction of increasing and thickening high cloudiness Friday followed by possible sprinkles or showers down there for a portion of Friday night into Saturday.
Joe Joyce delivers his AccuWeather Forecast in the morning and I shall follow later in the day.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.