The morning rain amounted to 0.25 to 1″+ in many areas according to the WBZ WeatherBug Network. The action departed early enough for us to enjoy some sunshine amidst some puffy clouds this morning and that will continue through the afternoon as the air becomes less humid. Afternoon highs of 81-85 are anticipated. The weekend prospects are decent but there will be a few hiccups along the way. The jet stream contains 3 distinct disturbances which have the potential to trigger a few scattered showers and thunderstorms. The first impulse is slated to pass through this evening, the second one will come through during tomorrow morning to early afternoon and the third one will drop by on Sunday. These showers will be on the move so no long-lasting rains will occur plus the activity is not going to be widespread. Consequently, you might get lucky and not receive any showers or you might be unlucky and get 1, 2 or 3 showers over the course of the weekend. Otherwise, expect a changeable sky of passing clouds amidst the sunshine. For those participating in the Pan Mass Challenge, GOOD LUCK and beware of the possibility of those spotty showers and storms along the route tomorrow. On Sunday, most of the passing showers will occur far from your route across northern New England with a few perhaps straying into northern MA in the afternoon. Thankfully, it will not be hot and humid this year. The air will be nice and dry and there will be a nice westerly breeze at 10-20 mph both days. Overnight lows will be in the range of 56-66 tomorrow night with a rise up to near 80 on Sunday. Check out the fantastic fireworks show starting at 9:15 PM at Newburyport as part of its Yankee Homecoming Days celebration.

Looking ahead to next week, it appears that temperatures will be a few to several degrees below the average into Wednesday with high pressure moving toward New England. There will be a brisk breeze on Monday with abundant sunshine followed by light wind on Tuesday and lots of sunshine. The high pressure system shifts offshore and an approaching frontal boundary with a possible developing wave of low pressure will release showery rains much of next Thursday. The very warm and humid air will attempt to push into the region on that day. There is a slim chance that it will be successful but if it is, it will only be hanging out here temporarily and refreshing air would return on Friday.

On this date in 1975, one of the hottest days ever on record in New England was baking the region. Some state records were established in MA and RI. New Bedford and Chester MA maxed out at a whopping 107 degrees while Providence RI hit 104. Nantucket even struck the century mark and the ME coast broiled in 100+ heat. Boston had a record high for the date at 102 degrees but the highest temperature ever recorded in the city was back on July 4, 1911 at 104 degrees.

One last tidbit of information… Tonight will be the first sunset in Barrow, AK since May 10! The sun rose this morning at 3:10 AM Alaska Daylight Time. It will set at 1:58 AM tomorrow. Guess what… the folks there will not see the sunset because it will be raining by then with a temperature at 48 degrees! So the sun has been continuously up since May 10 but on the flip side, the sun will be down ie. there will be NO sunrise from November 19 through January 21! OMG!

Joe Joyce posts his blog by early this evening and I shall return early tomorrow morning.

Have a happy and safe weekend.

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