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Ample Sunshine on Quiet, Pleasant Day

It's not quite as chilly to start off our Wednesday, but one similarity is the ample amounts of sunshine from sunrise to sunset- thanks to high pressure that is ushering in the quiet weather over the course of the next several days. High temperatures for Wednesday and Thursday stretch to near 70 today, low to mid 70s by Thursday. We do have an approaching cold front to our west, but it’s likely to weaken and pass just to our north late Thursday into Friday. This front could skim northern New England, bringing a slight chance for showers right along the Canadian border. The sunshine factor is close to a 10 out of 10 for the next five days and because the air is coming from southeastern Canada, it is warmer but not humid. We have a great stretch of weather that should last right into this weekend, as Boston hosts the annual Head of the Charles Regatta with high temperatures into the 70s both Saturday and Sunday, for practice day Friday- highs into the upper 60s.

Speaking of rainfall or lack thereof, with high pressure dominating over the next 5-days, drought is starting to become an issue. Abnormally dry conditions have been reported for most of New England, meanwhile, moderate drought is starting to take shape in Maine, with 25% of the state under moderate drought. Next week’s outlook looks better in terms of much-needed rainfall that could be knocking on our doorsteps by late Monday, stretching into Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by a cool-down by the second half of next week.

Meanwhile on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, residents of Ireland are picking up the pieces from Ex-hurricane Ophelia that delivered 80+ mph winds, with gusts past 100 mph along with 20 to 40 foot seas and widespread structural damage. That storm now heads across the North Sea as a large autumn gale.

As always, stay tuned for the very latest changes to your forecast on-the-go with the NBC Boston / NECN app.

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