May will likely get off to a cool and unsettled start with rain arriving Sunday as temperatures struggle to get above 50 degrees. The first few days of the month do not offer much promise for warm weather. The normal high is in the mid 60s in early May, but most days will likely not reach 60° through the first week of the month. Rain is likely Sunday afternoon and night, and showers may linger on Monday.
Storms will develop near the Atlantic Seaboard next week, and, frankly, it’s difficult to say whether they’ll stay just offshore or come close enough to bring rain to Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. Right now, we’re leaning towards more rain Wednesday night and Thursday.
The Mother’s Day weekend forecast is uncertain. A cut-off area of low pressure could hang around, keeping it showery and very cool. If that storm is farther east than projected, then there is a chance we’ll get into some clear and warmer weather. Right now, it looks like the pattern may not evolve quickly enough for that to happen, at least for part of the weekend.
As we look ahead to the second week of May, there is more potential for nice, warmer weather to finally push into Southeastern New England. 60s are likely, and 70s are possible between May 10-15.