No major storm but expect a cloudy St. Patrick's Day
Many will be out starting Friday to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. And, thankfully, Mother Nature is cooperating — for the most part. There are no major storms, no significant precipitation and no records highs or lows.
That being said, there are a few sensible weather details worth noting about the forecast.
Friday won't be the brightest. In fact, aside from a bit of sun in the morning, mostly cloudy skies will be in place much of the day. Though the clouds signal mild air trying to push into the region, temperatures should come close to 50 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday in Boston.
This is nowhere near the record warmest 70-degree St. Patrick's Day the city had back in 1990, but it's not the coldest either. That was 10 degrees Fahrenheit nearly a century ago (1916).
There will be a few raindrops to dodge as scattered showers push through, particularly by Friday evening. This is more likely to occur north and west of Boston.
But don't worry. Friday's showers will not ruin your plans, and any rain that does come should be fairly light and short-lived. For the record, the city had the wettest St. Patrick's Day with 1.58 inches of rain back in 1968.
And, no, there won't be any snow. Though 38 St. Patrick's Days in Boston have recorded anywhere from a trace to 3.1 inches of the white stuff!
Skies should clear out Friday night and yield sunshine to kick off the day Saturday. Some puffy cumulus clouds will build in the sky Saturday afternoon and yield a sprinkle or a flurry, but that risk is very low.
Highs will be in the upper 40s with a wind generally out of the west around 10 mph.
Noticeably colder air arrives Saturday night courtesy of a front crossing the region. And that chilly feel will stick around for Sunday. Despite the sun, high temperatures will only be in the 30s. I think we'll be lucky if we hit 38 or 39 degree Fahrenheit in Boston.
The wind is going to be biting too. There will be gusts coming out of the west at 30-40 mph, creating wind chill values in the 20s. That means you'll certainly want to be bundled up if you plan on enjoying the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Southie — full winter gear is a must, but don't forget your sunglasses too!
It's a one-day stint with the cold before temperatures rebound back to near or above normal for the beginning part of next week.