If you have been filled with enough jungle humidity and hot weather this summer like me, you are going to thoroughly enjoy the next several days. The forecast is plain and simple and don’t you think that we deserve this stretch of splendor? A sprawling high pressure system is in complete control this week after an upper level disturbance passes through tomorrow. That feature is currently producing patches of clouds and widely scattered showers over PA and southern NY. This action should wane overnight then bubble up a bit over us tomorrow as the sun goes to work on a pool of cool air aloft. The instability will lead to varying amounts of clouds popping up with a risk of a few spotty showers primarily over the hills and mountains of northern New England. With high temperatures struggling to exceed 70 or so, the brisk north-northwesterly wind of 12-25 mph will add some extra chill to the air. Once the short wave passes, the high pressure system will take charge and protect us from intruders. The result will be almost unlimited sunshine most of the rest of the week. There could be a few streamers of feathery clouds and perhaps a few small puffy clouds visible at any time but it is just about guaranteed to be a good long dry stretch for outside work and sports activities. It will be a great time for roof repair and painting plus paving and any outside construction.
Admittedly, I’ll have to say that the nights will be nippy- no more a/c and fans needed and you’ll probably even have to reach for a blanket or two. Overnight lows are destined to retreat to the 40s to lower 50s across much of the region with the middle to upper 50s reserved for the larger urban centers. Perhaps this feel of fall will be the catalyst to initiating some foliage color up in the northern mountains. We’ll keep you apprised of the color change in the weeks ahead. Meantime, daytime highs this week will be a bit higher with each succeeding day starting with near 70 or so tomorrow then up closer to the middle 70s on Tuesday to the upper 70s on Wednesday to the lower to almost middle 80s on Thursday and Friday. After tomorrow, a flat pressure gradient will likely encourage an onshore breeze along the coast so the beaches will probably be a bit cooler. Presently, it appears that the next risk of rain will happen late Saturday night and Sunday morning sponsored by a compact upper level disturbance and surface frontal boundary passing through.
Over the next couple of days, the surf will remain high due to the passage of “Leslie” way out over the Atlantic Ocean. The center is currently about 175 miles east-northeast of Bermuda where some squally showers are occurring. Leslie is expected to accelerate northeastward in the next two days and possibly become a minimal hurricane as it sideswipes lower Newfoundland early Tuesday. Large waves are propagating from this storm and the breakers will continue to crash onto the New England beaches for at least a couple of days before slowly subsiding. The National Weather Service continues the posting of the HIGH SURF ADVISORY for waves of 4 up to 7 feet into Tuesday. This action will also trigger scattered rips. Check this link for details on safety. Otherwise, neap tides are scheduled for the next few days so there is no danger of any coastal flooding whatsoever but some beach erosion is probable in places. For more information on the tropics, browse the National Hurricane Center.
Melissa Mack delivers her AccuWeather Forecast in the morning and Todd Gutner follow later in the day.
Enjoy the beautiful week ahead!