Forecast: Light Showers Will Give Way To Warm, Dry Conditions

Temperatures yesterday reached well into the 80s in many inland places, even along the coastline. Boston reached the lower 80s for the warmest day since mid-October last year.

Today, a cold front is pressing south through the area. The term "cold front" doesn’t mean it’s going to get cold — rather it’s just going to cool off from the mid-summer-like readings.

This front is quite weak and therefore the shower activity is limited. The best chance for showers north of the Massachusetts Turnpike is this morning; the best chance south of the turnpike is early this afternoon.

Once the front passes, a return to warm and dry conditions resumes through the rest of the week. I wrote yesterday about needing rain and, in spite of the chance of a shower today, we need it even more. With temperatures so much above average and the vegetation coming out, the ground water is being used rapidly. It’s not a big issue yet, but it could become one.

While tomorrow is cooler, temperatures are still going to run significantly above the long-term averages. By the time we get the weekend there is a chance highs could exceed 80 once again.

The weekend is looking more like a summer weekend rather that the second weekend in May. However, there are some signs that next week will see a return to cooler and perhaps wetter conditions

Tuesday: Lots of clouds and a few showers — mostly this morning to the north of Boston, but this afternoon over Cape Cod. Highs of 72 to 78.

Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy with a low around 55.

Wednesday: Sunny with a high of 75 to 80.

Thursday: Sunny with a high of 75 to 80.

Friday: Sunny with a high near 73 to 78.

Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high near 78 to 83.

You can follow David’s weather updates on Twitter at @growingwisdom.

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David Epstein was WBUR's meteorologist.



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