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May 17 – Quiet stretch ahead

At one point, it looked like the upcoming week would be very dreary in Southern New England. Now, we have a Canadian area of high pressure to thank for suppressing a stationary storm well south of New England and providing dry weather for most or all of the week.

A few spotty showers cannot be ruled out on Monday as a backdoor front moves in from the east and a disturbance approaches from the west. The best chance of rain is in northern Massachusetts. Look for highs in the low 60s.

It will be relatively cool, but dry, in the midweek. The temperature may struggle to get much above 60° on Tuesday and Wednesday with a northeast breeze and some sunshine. It will be clear and cool (for May) Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Look for lows in the 40s, and it may even sneak into the 30s in some spots if the wind dies down.

High pressure over New England keeps the rain well to our south

Thursday afternoon will be pleasant with highs in the mid 60s. It will likely reach the 70s on Friday. What’s left of the stationary storm will start moving north late in the workweek. Showers are possible Friday, but right now it looks mainly dry. Showers are also possible on Saturday if the storm drifts far enough north. At this point, there is no guarantee of rain in Southern New England.

The temperature looks near normal on Saturday, a bit cooler on Sunday, and back into the 70s on Memorial Day and beyond. Keep in mind, this Memorial Day is the earliest it can be on May 25. it’s the unofficial start of summer, but it may not feel like summer for a week or two after it passes. That’s not a bad thing as the normal high temperature in the 70s is great in late May and early June.

While precipitation will be way below normal this week, there are signs it will be closer to normal next week.

Fred Campagna

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

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