Forecast: Overall Mild Pattern To Continue Into February

If this was March, I’d be talking about the month going out like a lamb.

In spite of it being the heart of winter, we continue to sail through the cold season without much cold or snow.

After a high temperature in the lower 50s yesterday, today will be colder, but certainly still mild for this time of year. As a matter of fact, highs will be 8-10 degrees above the 30-year normal as calculated between 1981 and 2010. This pattern does continue into the first week of February before a cold snap will arrive late in the first week or during the second week of the month.

I’ve been watching a possible storm for the end of the week, but it appears that it will stay out to sea and not be a factor in our weekend forecast. The weekend temperatures look seasonable with a lot of clouds and some sunshine. Late in the weekend the next batch of milder air moves in and temperatures return to the 40s.

The long range outlook has a thaw lasting through about Feb. 4 with the low temperatures at night staying above freezing. This is a great time to check your plants for insects as it will be mild enough to treat them outside if they have any issues.

As I’ve forecast for months, this February won’t see the prolonged cold or deep snows of 2015. I do see a bit of a cold snap beginning around Feb. 5. The image below shows how temperatures are forecast to trend into the second week of February.

Have a great morning.

Expected trend in temperatures over the next 15 days. (Data from WeatherBell Analytics; David Epstein/WBUR)
Expected trend in temperatures over the next 15 days. (Data from WeatherBell Analytics; David Epstein/WBUR)

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Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 40.

Tonight: Clear and chilly. Lows 22-30

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 36.

Friday: Mosty cloudy, a few snow showers or rain showers Cape. Highs 35-38.

Saturday: Partly sunny and blustery. Highs 35-39.

Sunday: Clouds and some sun, mild. Highs 42-48.

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