For This Afternoon: An ocean storm now developing off of the Mid-Atlantic coastline will slowly move northward towards the Cape this afternoon. With a strong area of high pressure anchored over southeastern Canada, the pressure gradient between the high to the north and the ocean storm to the south will lead to gusty east to northeast winds this afternoon that will gust up to 30 to 35 mph.
The northern part of the rain shield with this storm has moved as far north as far southeastern Worcester County as of late this morning. It looks likely that this rain will continue pushing northward reaching the Mass Pike by early this afternoon and it is likely to be raining across all of Western and Central Mass by late this afternoon. It should be noted that an area of heavier rain now located from Hartford to New Haven may impact a large part of Western Mass during the mid and late afternoon hours.
High temperatures this afternoon will be near 55 Degrees.
Tonight: That coastal storm system will remain stalled to the south of the Cape tonight. It looks likely that periods of rain, which could be heavy at times, especially over Central Mass, can be expected tonight.
Low temperatures tonight will be near 45 Degrees. East to northeast winds will gust up to 25 to 30 mph at times tonight.
Thursday: That ocean storm will continue to mill around to the south of the Cape during Thursday. It looks likely that rain, which will be heavy at times, will overspread the area from east to west during Thursday morning. So that it will be raining across Central Mass throughout Thursday morning with steady rain expected across Western Mass during the mid and late morning hours of Thursday.
Rain, heavy at times, is then expected across Western and Central Mass throughout Thursday afternoon.
It will be cool and raw on Thursday with high temperatures between 50 and 55 Degrees. East to northeast winds will gust up to 30 to 35 mph at times.
Thursday Night: The rain may actually stop for a while on Thursday evening before that ocean storm throws another round of rain our way late Thursday night.
So, it looks like rain, which will be heavy at times, will once again overspread Central Mass by midnight Thursday night and then quickly overspread Western Mass between 1 and 3 am Thursday night.
Low temperatures Thursday night will be between 45 and 50 Degrees. Northeast winds will gust up to 35 mph on Thursday night.
Friday: The weather forecast on Friday will be uncertain as there continues to be the possibility that bands of heavy rain could persist across central and eastern Mass throughout the day on Friday. This is something that will need to be watched closely.
My thinking for Friday is that we will see periods of rain across Western Mass and a steady rain across Central Mass, which could be heavy at times.
High temperatures Friday will be near 55 Degrees. Northeast winds will gust up to 30 to 35 mph throughout Friday.
This Weekend: Our stubborn ocean storm will finally begin to to move away on Saturday. I think that the storm system will be close enough for it to bring cloudy skies and periods of rain on Saturday morning, which will end from west to east during Saturday afternoon. High temperatures Saturday will be near 55 Degrees.
The weather finally improves for Sunday with partly sunny skies expected. High temperatures Sunday will be between 65 and 70 Degrees.
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