By Meteorologist Joe Joyce, WBZ-TV

Clouds are locked in for the rest of the day with Light NE winds keeping temps in the Lwr 70’s inland and even 60’s to near 70 at the coast. For summer heat haters…you know who you are…is this better for you?! Not the most ideal ways of ending out the month of July. But what can you do? Yesterday’s soaking rain was very beneficial and helped to push the total precipitation for the month of July above normal for the second month in a row as we continue to slowly dig out of the little drought left over from the snowless winter and warm spring.

I guess the silver lining on this dismal Sunday is many areas will have plenty of dry weather today, especially in eastern MA. So if you have outdoor plans…at least the rain will not be too much of a problem…atleast for the morning through the lunch hour. A wave of low pressure is pulling off the coast this morning wrapping in the persistent onshore wind helping to lock in the low clouds. At the same time a potent short wave is pushing through along the boundary stalled south of New England which will provide the needed lift to get showers popping late this morning and afternoon. Also a cool pool of air sliding in this afternoon with the associated trough in the Northeast behind our departing low will help aid in the afternoon destabilization.

Enough pillow talk! While the instability should be greatest in Northern and western New England through the day, the developing scattered showers will not be nearly as heavy as yesterday’s flooding rainfall. Still, where the instability is greatest, there is the risk for an embedded thunderstorm and a few slow moving downpours. Showers in Western MA will be sliding east during the late morning & afternoon towards Worcester county and into CT . Once again, it will take the showers the entire day for any of these showers to reach the coastline, so I stand by the forecast of mostly dry conditions at the beaches today. The only problem will be on the cool onshore wind keeping the RH high so areas of drizzle, mist or fog will be at the coast to keep it a bit dismal. ugh..  I think the main batch of showers will struggle to reach the coast and may completely fall apart as they approach 495 this afternoon.

Abundant cloud cover this evening with diminishing shower threat. I expect clouds to begin to break towards dawn Monday giving way to increasing sunshine. Temperatures will respond to the sunshine back to near 80 with temps slightly cooler the coast.  As similar day Tuesday with sunshine clouds and building humidity. It appears the midweek will be our next chance of widespread showers and thunderstorms with a cold front on Wednesday and the potential for some severe weather. After that, temps look to be a summery warmth with highs climbing into the mid 80’s. A more Florida like airmass with humidity and the risk an afternoon T’storm almost every day heading into the weekend.


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