The Patriots’ home opener is Sunday, and given the weekend forecast, you’re probably wondering about rain.
Well, neither the game nor the day will be a washout—far from it. The more I study the charts, the less I think there will be much rain before or during the game. Of course, the other side of the coin is that we need the rain, but I’m not controlling this, only predicting.
The biggest player in the weather Sunday is actually going to be the humidity.
Our dew points are going to climb well into the 60s to perhaps near 70 degrees. This means that if you’re tailgating before the game and standing over a grill, expect it to feel quite uncomfortable. Temperatures won’t be too hot—only approaching the lower 80s for kickoff—but with all that moisture in the air, you’ll feel every degree.
I can’t rule out a shower during the game on Sunday—the chances of rain are not zero.
However, there is also a strong likelihood of no rain during the game, and if there is a shower, it will be brief. The map below shows how much rain is expected through Sunday evening. Notice that the Foxborough area has a low measurable precipitation forecast. Always check the latest forecast on my Twitter feed during the weekend, as this current outlook can change.
A cold front west of New England will slowly approach the area on Saturday night and on Sunday. The slow speed of this weather system should delay most—if not all—of the rain until after the Patriots have completed their game against Miami. Shower activity will increase after sunset on Sunday evening and especially late at night and then during the first part of Monday.