Posted by Pete Bouchard
Brisk airmass funneled in last night and this afternoon. Highs today didn't crack freezing from Newburyport to Worcester - and even down to Plymouth! Here it is mid-May and we're scrambling for sweaters and long sleeves. Frost can even be expected tonight in the suburbs! But don't think for a moment this is completely out of the ordinary: the average date for the last frost in the suburbs is typically May 12th.
So we'll wait for the warmup, right? Well, you may have to wait a while. There's no real heat in the extended forecast, but some "nudge" upward in temperatures late week.
That's right, it's simply a nudge. Thanks a warm front moving through New England, we might get into the mid and upper 70s later in the week. And it's a good thing we got some water over the last few days. Other than a few showers Wednesday night, there's not much to wash the pollen out of the air or give the lawns and gardens a drink.
As a side note, there's been a lot of whispers and innuendo about the summer forecast being somewhat cool this year. Recall we hit the 90s 12 times
last year in Boston, and the year before that we had 13. This year remains to be seen...so far however, we haven't even seen 80 this year.