For many months I have felt we would be heading into some sort of drought in 2013. I still feel this way. And I believe it is getting underway, or getting re-intensified, since we were already flirting with drought conditions previously. The pattern over the next week or more will lend more and more credibility to the drought forecast, as high pressure continues to dominate the Northeast and keep rain away. Temperature changes will be brought about mainly by positioning of surface features and direction of wind. For example, a true back door cold front will probably make Friday the coolest day of this week. We also have to watch for some additional cloudiness at times, though most of the clouds from the system to the west will have eroded away due to the building ridge by Tuesday. A deck of low clouds may slide in off the ocean Tuesday night or early Wednesday but with little support and building high pressure, it would not linger. It remains to be seen if additional cloudiness would come in from the ocean on Friday. Anyway, it looks like this pattern will be going nowhere fast. Look for a continuation of high pollen counts and high fire danger.
Forecast for southeastern New England…
OVERNIGHT: Mid level clouds mainly inland, a few high clouds over southeastern MA and RI, mainly clear elsewhere. Lows in the 40s. Wind S under 10 MPH.
TUESDAY: Mostly sunny. Highs 60 coast to 70 inland, cooling into the 50s coast in the afternoon. Wind S shifting more to the SE around 10 MPH.
TUESDAY NIGHT: Clear start but a deck of low clouds may move in from the east overnight. Lows in the 40s but around 50 urban areas and immediate coast. Wind E up to 10 MPH.
WEDNESDAY: Any low clouds burning off by late morning with a 100% sunny afternoon. Highs upper 50s coast to upper 60s inland by midday, cooling in the afternoon. Wind E 5-15 MPH.
THURSDAY: Sunny. Low 45. High 63 coast to 73 inland.
FRIDAY: Partly cloudy. Low 45. High 53 coast to 63 inland.
SATURDAY: Mostly sunny. Low 44. High 59 coast to 68 inland.
SUNDAY: Mostly sunny. Low 48. High 62 coast to 72 inland.
MONDAY: Mostly sunny. Low 49. High 64 coast to 76 inland.