Forecast: Another Missed Chance Of Rain Means More Sunshine

A storm system moving to the south of New England today will bring a few clouds to the south coast and raise the chance of a shower from zero to about 10% there, but if you are hoping for rain, forget out it.

High temperatures forecast for today. (Dave Epstein/WBUR)
High temperatures forecast for today. (Dave Epstein/WBUR)

As the dry weather continues it becomes more difficult to get rain. Drought begets drought, and the longer we don’t have rain, the more the ground dries and the less good any showers will do when they eventually occur.

Of course, it will rain again. All droughts short- and long-term will come to an end, but the absence of rain has already taken a toll on many of the trees in southern New England. Because of the dry weather, the fungus which had been controlling the gypsy moth caterpillars isn’t abundant enough, and therefore we are seeing an explosion of the insects and many trees defoliated from Cape Cod to Cape Ann.

The other side of the coin is this dry weather and all of its sunshine is pleasing a lot of people.

Day after day of sunshine, low humidity and pleasant temperatures is easy to take. These are our absolute longest days in terms of daylight and being able to enjoy so much of it is amazing. Other Junes in the past have featured 10 or even 20 days of clouds and rain, washing all that daylight, in a sense, down the gutters.

It will be turning very warm this weekend and more humid early next week. At that point, another risk for showers begins, but you’ll need to wait a while.

Today: Mainly sunny, but some clouds south of Boston. Highs in the mid 70s.

Tonight: Clear and comfortable. Lows 54-64, warmest in Boston.

Friday: Partly sunny, highs in the 70s to lower 80s.

Saturday: Mostly sunny and warm. Highs 82-87. Warmest inland, cooler 70s Cape Cod.

Sunday: Sunny and warm. Highs 82-90, warmest in the Merrimack Valley.

Monday: Very warm and humid.

You can follow my forecast on Twitter at @growingwisdom.

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David Epstein Meteorologist
David Epstein was WBUR's meteorologist.



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