Southern New Englanders enjoyed some sunshine on the first long afternoon of Daylight Saving Time. Highs were generally in the mid to upper 40s, with cooler readings in SE MA where there was an onshore breeze and more clouds. The weather looks fairly quiet for the start of the week, and the temperature may reach 50° at TF Green for the first time since January 31 – a 39 day stretch. There may be some clouds in the morning, similar to Sunday, before the sun breaks through around midday. A southerly breeze will keep the coast cooler because the ocean temperature is in the upper 30s at this time of the year.
Decent soaking likely on Tuesday
It will stay dry through Monday night, but not through the day Tuesday. A cold front will bring clouds then rain showers – primarily in the afternoon and evening. The front should have a fair amount of precipitation with it, and the potential exists for 0.5-1″ of rain in a 12-15 hour period. Highs will be in the upper 40s to low 50s on Tuesday. It’s possible the rain will hold off until late in the morning or early in the afternoon, which would allow you to get out and enjoy the relatively mild weather. The rain will be out of the picture by dawn on Wednesday, and chilly air will lag behind the front meaning that highs may reach the 50s again on Wednesday – this time with some sunshine.
Chill returns late in the week
Colder weather arrives Wednesday night, and the end of the workweek through next weekend looks a bit chilly. It will be dry Thursday through Saturday, with partly cloudy skies and a west-northwest breeze. There is the chance of a wintry mix next Sunday as an Alberta Clipper moves through. Overall, aside from the mild start to the week, there is no extended warm-up in the forecast for Southern New England. It is a far cry from last March when the temperature averaged more than 7° warmer than normal in Providence. March 2012 featured 20 days warmer than 50°. This March has had none through the first 10 days.