By Meteorologist Joe Joyce, WBZ-TV

In this kind of pattern, it is a struggle to find anything to talk about, besides the days getting shorter and the leaves beginning to change. Not that I am complaining, because the beautiful fall weather can stick around like this as long as it wants! In case you are wondering where the best foliage is this weekend. Click here to find the latest foliage report!

There are also sights to find in the evening sky! Looking WSW after sunset (6:34 PM), you can see Venus & Saturn. Mercury is very low on the horizon. It is also the Last-quarter Moon tonight (moonrise exact at 11:55 p.m. EDT). Shining in the feet of Gemini. Jupiter is to its lower left Orion is farther to its right, looking east high in the sky in the early morning hours around 5 AM.

After a mixed sky today, skies are clearing out for the early evening for a beautiful night with a breeze from the NNE. Lows will be dropping into the 40’s in the suburbs and holding near 55 degrees in Boston. Our low which has been stalled over the Canadian Maritimes will again start to back in clouds into New England during the overnight hours. This deck of strato-cumulus clouds will be in place Friday morning. A steady breeze from the NE in the morning will begin to diminish in the afternoon with skies becoming partly sunny as high pressure begins to slide in from Canada. Just like the past few days, it will be cooler at the coast near 60-62 degrees, but temps will be near 70 neat the CT river valley. Most areas will again see temps in the mid-upper 60’s for Friday afternoon.

This brilliant & refreshing high will slowly slide over us this weekend providing clear skies, light winds, sea breezes at the coast and slightly warmer temperatures inland. Temps will finally be able to warm a little bit! By Saturday Highs will be in the lwr-mid 70’s away from the coast and we should hold temps in the Lwr 70’s right into Sunday with the sunshine. Looks great for the apple pickers!

I know we have been talking about a coastal low coming up the coast to start off next week. But the confidence continues to rise that this will be a non-event. Despite early speculation, the trends continue that this storm will form north of the Bahamas and track far enough off the coast to spare New England, but likely hit Nova Scotia as a strong hybrid storm with gusty winds and rain. At the same time, the storm WILL be close enough that there will be some negligible effects! The most we will see are clouds at the coast with the risk of a few showers clipping the Cape & islands Monday with gusty NE winds. A developing swell with seas building up to 5-8 feet off the coast Monday.

The week will start off a bit cool behind this departing low with mixed skies and temps near 70. Once this low pulls away, a larger upper level ridge will begin to shift towards the east coast for the middle to end of the week. Temps will be able to warm under this ridge, so expect more 70’s in the forecast at least for next week! And yes, it is hard to find any rain. Maybe a small chance by next weekend?


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