All the usual weather cliches will be in play for the next week. It appears March will indeed “go out like a lamb”, with mainly dry conditions and no big storms Tuesday through Sunday in Southern New England. There are also some “April showers” in the forecast on April 1, and we’re not fooling about it. In the near-term, after some morning clouds, Tuesday will become partly sunny, breezy, and seasonably cool, with highs in the mid to upper 40s. The sky will be clear Tuesday night, with the temperature dropping through the 30s into the mid to upper 20s in many spots by dawn Tuesday. It may stay in the low 30s in the cities and near the coast.
Wednesday through Saturday will all have a similar theme: partly to mostly cloudy skies, with the chance of a few pop-up showers. A large upper-level area of low pressure will be spinning over the North Atlantic Ocean and sending a few disturbances through New England in this timeframe. Right now, it looks like the best chance of seeing some of those passing showers are on Thursday and Saturday. Neither day looks like a washout. Highs throughout the stretch will be in the mid to upper 40s. Lows will be in the upper 20s to low 30s.
The best day of the week, and quite possibly the best day of March, will most likely be Easter Sunday. By that point, the storm will have drifted far enough east that it no longer has an influence on the New England weather. A ridge of high pressure will move in ahead of the next storm that will arrive Sunday night and/or Monday. The forecast for Sunday is for partly to mostly sunny skies, a light breeze, and highs in the mid 50s – just about normal for late-March, but it will feel great considering that the weather has been mostly colder than normal for the past two-plus weeks.
Rain is likely early next week. Those pesky April showers will arrive with a cold front sometime between Sunday night and Monday night. The rain will be followed by cool, dry, and brisk weather through the middle of next week.