Dry Weather Continues

Temperatures nearly 10 degrees above average

Boston 25 Thursday midday weather forecast

WARMING STRETCH AHEAD

The summerlike warmth is here to stay for several days. After morning 50s, dress for afternoon highs around 80 degrees today and tomorrow. It will stay dry and pretty bright, with just a couple of high clouds streaming through at times.

We have a late-season stretch of beach weather in New England. Waves and winds have calmed significantly. Waves 3-4 feet at local beaches are expected today along with ocean water temperatures in the lower 60s. The rip current risk is low now that the high surf is long gone.

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WEEKEND ALWAYS IN VIEW

The warm weather will continue this weekend. Saturday will stay partly cloudy with most staying dry. Western New England may see a few light showers, but I don’t expect this to have a big impact on outdoor plans.

Sunday will be even warmer with highs in the lower 80s for many. You’ll feel it getting sticky, though tropical humidity will hold off. Clouds will increase in the afternoon with rain chances growing at night.

RAIN RELIEF NEEDED

The drought monitor update issued today has more than half of Massachusetts in at least a “severe” drought and now 10% in an “extreme” drought. Similarly, an extreme drought was reported for the first time this season in NH. We have a rainfall deficit of 6-12″ in southern New England for the year.

The weather pattern will turn unsettled Monday through Wednesday next week with a few rounds of showers. This is good news! We’re hoping for totals over 1/2″ in some towns and cities. Although that’s good, it won’t quickly fix the drought situation.

The tropics are now quiet.