New England forecast calls for thunderstorms Wednesday


Overall, the Coast received the least rain, while the Pioneer Valley was hit with the heaviest rainfall.

Precipitation continues through Wednesday evening across southern New England.THE WORLD OF BOSTON

Temperatures were cooler Wednesday with highs a few degrees near 60.

Thursday-Friday: humid but not washed out

Looking ahead, Thursday doesn’t look like it will be very wet. The chance of showers will begin to increase in the afternoon with temperatures near 60°C again. Showers will be more numerous Thursday evening before decreasing Friday morning.

We won’t see much clearing on Friday and with a northeast wind it will be pretty cool for this time of year. Temperatures will stay in the lower range into the mid 50s, with that gusty northeast wind blowing salt air off the water. I don’t expect much rain on Friday.

Weekend Outlook

We see some clearing on Saturday, although there is still a chance of a few showers in the morning while temperatures hover around 60 in the afternoon. Sunday will be a little milder — between 60 and 65 — but it will also be windy. More rain is possible Sunday evening, but it’s only a few days away, so don’t rely on this long-range forecast.

At high levels of the atmosphere, where the jet stream is located, there is an area known as the “broad trough” or U-shape for the jet stream. When this happens, we tend to be in an unstable pattern and until this dip stabilizes, we will not go many days without any shower activity. This trend has been dominant throughout the past year.

A trough of low pressure continues to create unsettled conditions across the Northeast and much of the eastern half of the United States through the weekend.TropicalTidbits

The 6-10 day outlook maintains that a huge portion of the country is at risk of wetter than average conditions. That doesn’t mean it’s going to rain all the time, but the pressure is for more precipitation, not less.

The longer range forecast is wetter than average for the third week of May.NOAA

Wednesday’s breakdown

Southern New England: A warm front brings clouds and a few rounds of showers and even thunderstorms on Wednesday. Highs will be a few degrees near 60 in the afternoon. Some storms could be strong in isolated areas.

Western Mass: A few storms could occur later this afternoon and evening. Temperatures reach the mid to upper 60s. Precipitation should be around a half inch.

Cape and Islands: Clouds prevail with a few showers possible in the afternoon, but they won’t be too heavy. Highs will stay mostly in the 50s and 60s.

Northern New England: Expect plenty of chances for showers over the next few days with highs in the 50s.

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