David Epstein has spent 30 years as a meteorologist. He was born in Portland, Maine, and studied meteorology at Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont. He now teaches at Framingham State University and Colby College. He is also a horticulturalist and founder of GrowingWisdom.com.
The next several days will feature an active, but overall warm pattern with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.
High pressure is going to bring very warm conditions through Saturday.
We aren’t in an official drought yet, but with less than 50 percent of normal rainfall this month after a dry April, it won’t take much to get us there.
Many of you think of Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial start of summer. This year, our first taste of extended warmth will arrive just before the weekend, bringing along plenty of sunshine.
The most likely time for rain is Saturday night and Sunday morning in southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands.
Today’s big weather question is whether or not you see a shower or thunderstorm. Most of us will remain dry, but some of us will get a downpour, and there could be thunder and even hail.
The pollen count remains very high after this week’s dry conditions and the strong wind over the weekend. Until we see some significant rain, the pollen will remain high.
As more sunshine appears and temperatures return to the 60s, today will certainly feel like a nicer day.
We’ve now quickly gone another 10 days without any appreciable rain, and no end in this pattern is in sight.
There are two weather systems affecting New England over the next three days. The first brings some showers this evening. The best chance of the rain is after 5 p.m., but before 11 p.m.