The Ups and Downs of Spring
Posted by Chris Lambert
After the fantastic finish on Friday with sunshine and mild temperatures, we start this Saturday morning off with lots of sunshine again. As for the mild temperatures, they'll have to wait a day. Despite a lot of sunshine, highs struggle to reach the middle to upper 40s this afternoon. Factor in the breeze, and it'll feel more like the 30s as winds gust 20-30mph out of the northwest.
One thing to keep in mind this time of year, is the brush fire danger. With a strong breeze today and afternoon humidity down in the 20-30% range, brush fires can easily start and spread. Although many of us are anxious to get out there and get the yard all cleaned up after a long winter, it's not a good time to burn off the dead brush and leave piles as the wind can pick up some of those embers and spread that fire quickly. Also, be careful discarding cigarette butts.
Winds turn to the south tomorrow, and that'll bring in milder temperatures as highs head toward 60. It'll remain cooler down through the Cape and Islands.
Opening day looks dry as well, as temps near 60. We'll watch the possibility of winds turning onshore in the afternoon, and that'll drop temps back through the 50s late in the afternoon close to the coastline, including at Fenway park.
Next week presents a challenge temperature-wise a cold front drops in from our north Tuesday night/Wednesday AM. On the other side of that front, winds turn north to northeast and that squashes any sort of warm weather this time of year. Occasional showers ride along that front as well mid to late week. Just south of the front, temperatures are in the 70s. If we can get a day or two with that front moving back north of us, we'll do ok, but the problem is, that's a tall order this time of year with an area of high pressure to the north. As of now, my 7-day forecast is based on the fact that the warm air stays just south of us Wednesday-Friday, putting us in the 40s and 50s.