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Forecast: Weekend Will Get Steadily Drier And Warmer

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In general, our weekend weather is looking quite nice with more sunshine coming Sunday along with a warming trend.

We've seen a lot of precipitation this week, with some local areas seeing as much rainfall in the past seven days as we received all last summer. This has helped the drought area shrink, and I suspect it will have gone down further when the new report arrives in a week.

Today we find an upper-level system that will bring the chance for a few showers this afternoon. It won't be as cold as yesterday with highs reaching the low to mid-50s along with some breaks of sunshine. Any showers won't be very heavy or long lasting.

The jet stream allows a southwest flow of air to start later this weekend. After a cool Saturday, highs will then reach around 60 on Sunday. Monday and Tuesday also look to bring typical April warmth to the area. The air will become almost hot — relative to this time of year — on Tuesday with highs in the 70s to near 80 degrees. Air off the colder ocean keeps Cape Cod much cooler, but even in Boston, temperatures in the 70s are likely next week.

After all that rain this week, the warm air will transform landscapes greener. But, this change will also up the pollen count. If you have spring allergies, it's time to start your medicine. Starting Saturday, there may not be any precipitation for several days, which allows pollen levels to grow quickly.

Very warm air will arrive Tuesday after a seasonably cool weekend. (Dave Epstein/WBUR)
Very warm air will arrive Tuesday after a seasonably cool weekend. (Dave Epstein/WBUR)

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Friday: Cloudy and cool. A brief shower or two. Highs 48-54.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows 36-45.

Saturday: Partly cloudy and still cool. Highs near 50.

Sunday: Sunshine returns with warmer temperatures. Highs 56-63.

Monday: Lots of sunshine. Highs 65-70, but cooler on the Cape and the Islands.

Tuesday: Sunny and warm. Highs 75-80. Crisper on the Cape and the Islands with highs in the 50s.

David Epstein Twitter Meteorologist
David Epstein is WBUR's meteorologist.

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