Forecast: Not Much Rain, But Rather Chilly For Several Days

If the chill of the past few days continues, the second half of April could average colder than the first. That's not an easy feat.

For the next five to seven days, air flow coming off the ocean will keep temperatures on the much cooler side of average.

For those who realize we need rain, I don't see much on the horizon. It's been about two weeks since Greater Boston saw any significant rain, and this is a very long time to be dry in spring.

This has been the pattern the past several years. High pressure from the north keeps our weather dry. The air in Canada doesn't have a lot of moisture, and therefore, as long as the air flow from there keeps coming, we don't get much rain.

Also, if the air comes from the ocean we tend to stay cloudy and cool. Unless we have a coastal storm, ocean air by itself is just too stable for much rain. We end up with clouds and cool weather, but no rain or warm weather. Virtually no one, whether you are a beach person or a gardening enthusiast, likes cloudy, cool weather. If we aren't going to see the sun, let's at least get some rain.

Some rain showers will persist throughout Friday. It will be rainier in the morning hours. (Courtesy Tropical Tidbits)
Some rain showers will persist throughout Friday. It will be rainier in the morning hours. (Courtesy Tropical Tidbits)

After a few overnight sprinkles, today brings a lot of clouds and cool conditions to the coast. A low-pressure area Friday may bring some rain — just under half an inch if we are lucky and even less of we aren't. The clouds linger Saturday, but with some sun. On Sunday, clouds return, but there is still no big rain in sight.

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Thursday: Clouds and possibly a sprinkle early. Some sunshine. Highs in the mid-50s, but milder depending on how much sun.

Thursday Night: Cloudy and raw with some rain late at night. Lows 35-42.

Friday: Periods of rain or mist. Highs near 50.

Saturday: Lots of clouds to start, then some sunshine. Highs 52-58.

Sunday: Partly sunny. Highs in the low to mid-50s.

Monday: Mostly cloudy. Highs 53-58.

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