The last weekend of 2013 will start with fine weather and end with a windy rain storm in Southern New England. Saturday will be partly to mostly sunny with highs in the mid 40s. The wind will increase out of the west-southwest to 15-25 mph in the afternoon. The strongest gusts will be near the coast. It will stay mainly clear through the night, with lows in the upper 20s to low 30s.
Clouds will thicken Sunday morning, and rain is likely in the afternoon. The temperature will rise into the 40s near the coast, and it will stay in the 30s inland. The rain may be heavy at times Sunday evening before ending around midnight. 1-1.5″ of rain is possible.
The wind will pick up out of the east during the afternoon, and the strongest gusts are likely late in the evening. Winds will gust to near 30 mph at the RI coast, and the peak gusts may be between 40-50 mph on Cape Cod and the islands.
Monday looks like a decent day with some sunshine and highs near 40. Colder weather arrives for New Year’s Eve and Day. The temperature will drop into the teens to low 20s by Tuesday morning. Tuesday will be mostly cloudy and cold, with highs in the 20s. It will be very cold to ring in 2014 in the Northeast. A few flurries are possible with temperatures in the teens to low 20s.
Anyone taking the polar plunge on New Year’s Day will do so with temperatures in the 20s under partly to mostly cloudy skies. The coldest weather of the season is in the forecast for late next week. It’s not clear if it will arrive Thursday or Friday, but when it does, the low temperature may be in the single digits with highs in the teens to low 20s.