The big news Friday morning is, of course, that Matthew is traveling along the east coast of Florida. This storm will continue to cause wind and water damage up the Florida coastline and into Georgia and South Carolina. Eventually, Matthew will weaken, and may do a loop. If Matthew does pass over Florida again, it will be in a much weaker state and will not cause any major issues.

However, here in New England, we have a wonderful weekend ahead with a lot of sunshine and just the chance for a few showers overnight Saturday. On Sunday and Monday, a cooler air mass is in place, but thanks to abundant sunshine, it will still be great to be outside.

If you’re playing soccer, softball, baseball, or golf…

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On Saturday, expect some morning dew on the playing surfaces. It will quickly dry out during the first few hours after sunrise.

On Sunday, the grass may be damp early if we see a shower overnight Saturday; otherwise, expect dry conditions. Columbus Day will be nearly a carbon copy of Sunday but without the rain possibility the night before.

If you’re going to Fenway for Sunday’s playoff game…

Expect plenty of sunshine at the start of the game, with the sun setting during the second half. Temperatures will be comfortable early, but cool by the end of the game. Take a jacket for the trip home.

Saturday will be the warmest day this weekend.Saturday will be the warmest day this weekend. —Dave Epstein

If you’re heading to a local farm to nab pumpkins, apples, and doughnuts…

This is a good—and big—weekend for apple picking and local farm enjoyment. Take some sunscreen if you are going to be outside for more than an hour.

If you’re going to a concert, outdoor party, or wedding…

The only risk of showers is on Saturday night. The risk is small—and any rainfall would be quite light—but take an umbrella if you are going to be out and about.

Cooler air arrives for Sunday with highs in the lower 60s.Cooler air will arrive on Sunday, with highs in the lower 60s. —Dave Epstein

If you’re running errands…

This weekend, Saturday afternoon will have the least sunshine as clouds increase, so that may be the best time to get things done.

If you’re gardening…

The drought is still firmly in place and shows no sign of lessening in the coming weeks. Water your plants well if you are moving them. Additionally, don’t forget to water the grass if you have seeded your lawn recently.

If you’re going beaching and boating…

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For many, this is the final weekend to head to the beach. While the water has cooled about 10 degrees since peaking in August, hardy souls can still take a dip. Tides will be high in the 5 o’clock hour this weekend, moving to after 6 o’clock for Columbus Day.

Columbus Day features seasonably cool air with abundant sunshine.Columbus Day will feature seasonably cool air with abundant sunshine. —Dave Epstein

I will be updating the forecast on Twitter @growingwisdom throughout the weekend.

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