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Although it’s been a dry spring and early summer, meteorologically speaking, the small bit of rain we’ve seen has come on the weekends. While the rain hasn’t lasted very long, even an hour or two can spoil some plans.
This weekend, high pressure is going to remain in control and bring us a weekend without any chance of rain. There are some patterns when small changes in the upper winds can change the forecast, but this weekend I think we’re safe from that.
That likely means abundant sunshine is the only weather we’ll have.
You’ll notice an increase in humidity by Sunday, and this is the precursor for at least a couple of days of heat and humidity early next week. The forecast does become a bit tricky after the weekend, so you should expect some changes.
If you’re celebrating Father’s Day…
Sunday is Dad’s day, and whether you’re letting him play a round of golf or taking him to the beach, the weather will cooperate. Ideal mid-June weather abounds across all of New England for the day we honor Dad.
If you’re going hiking, biking, or running…
Dry weather abounds Saturday, with temperatures in the 70s at the coast and lower 80s inland. After a cool night, the morning will continue to be the best time for performing more strenuous activities. The first few hours after sunrise, you’ll find temperatures in the comfortable 60s. On Sunday there will be a bit more humidity in the air, and afternoon readings in the 80s will be much more common.
If you’re going beaching and boating…
Northshore of Massachusetts, New Hampshire Seacoast, and the coast of Maine: Water temperatures are running below average. The northwest wind has pushed the warmer water out to sea lately and allowed colder water from below to replace it. This means water temperatures are running below average and you should expect a chill if you’re headed for a swim. Tides will be high an hour or two before noon. Look for winds to turn more southerly on Sunday, after being mainly light and onshore on Saturday afternoon.
If you’re playing soccer, softball, baseball, or golf…
Saturday’s forecast: This will be ideal summer weather. With abundant sunshine all day, don’t forget the sunscreen and sunglasses. Fields may have some dew on them early Saturday morning.
Sunday’s outlook: Another stellar day with abundant sunshine. Temperatures in the 80s after 12 p.m will feel quite hot during activities.
If you’re gardening…
The lack of rain continues to be problematic for gardeners. If you’re planting, be sure new plant material and the area you’re planting are both moist. Plants don’t like to be moved in this type of dry weather pattern. You should hold off until fall to move trees, shrubs and perennials.
If you’re running errands…
Both days are equally nice. If I was running indoor errands this weekend I would do it Sunday afternoon during the warmest part of the day, but I don’t like the heat. Since there is no rain in the forecast, unless you do shopping at night, you’ll miss some sunshine.
If you’re going to a professional sporting event, wedding, or outdoor party…
Rain won’t be an issue this weekend. However, with the strength of the sun at the yearly maximum this weekend, hats and sunscreen are the order of the day.
I will be updating the forecast on Twitter @growingwisdom throughout the weekend.
It’s finally here, the peak of what is on average the warmest days of the warmest month of the year. When anyone asks me which week I recommend for vacation I tell them to take the third or fourth week in July. It’s not so much the week before or after is really much different and it can be even hotter in early August, but if you strictly go by averages, this is the warmest period of the year.
It’s I love numbers and statistics. As a meteorologist it’s actually fun for me to look at weather data and see how what’s happening at any given moment. What I really like is comparing the present state of the atmosphere to what it should be like.
The average high temperature in Portland on July 22nd is 79.3 degrees this remains the average through the 27th. The low temperature is 60 degrees. Inland areas are warmer during the day being further away from the ocean, but inland areas will be cooler at night away from the modifying effects of the water.
As if right on cue high pressure is going to slip to its summer position and set up camp this week. After a few showers Monday afternoon and evening, the rest of the week looks quite nice with sunshine. My picks this week are Wednesday and Thursday with pleasantly warm readings and low humidity.
As the high parks itself to our south east, a flow of very warm and tropical air will ensue. This resumes the pattern of heat and humidity in the area and even when it breaks for a few days, it will quickly come back. You can see the high or H, moving south and off the coast of the Carolina’s this week. This is so typical for July and the first part of August.
After Monday’s humidity the air will dry behind a frontal system. Our driest weather comes as highs build to our west and the most humid weather arrives as the same high passes to our south. This is because the circulation around high pressure tends to be cooler and drier as the high moves in and warmer and more humid as the high departs.
Lastly, don’t worry if you are working this week or next and have waited until August to take your vacation. Average temperatures fall very slowly. It takes about two weeks for the average to even fall one degree! Some of the hottest readings every in New England have come during August as well.
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