Sun returns Thursday, very mild this weekend

The temperature was well above normal again on Wednesday, but it did not have the same mild feel asTuesday because it was somewhat damp and the cloud cover was thick. A few showers passed through in the late-afternoon and early evening as a cold front without much chilly air behind it approached. Skies will clear by late Wednesday night, and it will not be too cold, with lows in the low 30s.

There will be plenty of sunshine on Thursday, and the temperature will respond with highs in the low to mid 40s. It will be a little brisk, with a 10-20 mph wind, so, once again it may not feel as mild as the air temperature. High pressure will be parked over the Northeast Thursday night, and the temperature will tumble into the 20s. From the coast to Providence, the low temperature will be in the mid 20s. Some of the outlying areas could be about 10° colder with near-perfect radiational cooling conditions: clear skies, dry air, light wind.

Few showers late-Friday into early-Saturday

A piece of the weather system that is drenching the South Central U.S. will head for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Friday. Clouds will increase Friday, and the high temperature will be in the upper 30s to low 40s. Some rain showers are likely between late Friday afternoon and early Saturday morning. The temperature may actually rise a few degrees into the low to mid 40s Friday night.

The airmass over the Northeast between Saturday and Monday will be extremely warm for mid-January. The only thing that may prevent Southern New England from nearing record high temperatures on Saturday and Sunday will be some low cloud cover. If it burns off early, and the wind shifts to the west-southwest, the temperature may soar to near 60° – particularly on Sunday. Even though clouds may be prevalent, it will stay dry through the weekend. The weather looks great for tailgating and the Patriots-Texans game at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

Record High Temperature
Providence Boston Worcester Hartford
January 12 59° 61° 55° 57°
January 13 61° 63° 62° 59°
January 14 69° 69° 66° 70°

It will stay mild into early next week, but the ridiculously warm record high temperatures will not be threatened.  The first signs of some cooler weather will be some rain showers with a cold front on Monday. Highs will likely reach the 50s before the front moves through. A gradual cooling trend will continue through the middle of the week. Rain and/or snow are possible on Tuesday into Wednesday as a storm develops along the cold front south of Southern New England.

Fred Campagna

President and Chief Meteorologist - Right Weather LLC AMS Certified Consulting Meteorologist #756 AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist #126

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