Clouds to Increase in the Coming Days, Brisk Air in Place

An upper level disturbance crossing the sky of New England delivered some clouds to dim the sunshine in many communities early Monday.

That disturbance led to a little more than sprinkles and light showers in Connecticut, but clouds will eventually thin for strengthening sunshine.

In fact, a dry stretch of weather is expected for the vast majority of next week as surface high pressure sprawls into New England from Eastern Canada, locking in overall dry air for several days.

There will be a few subtle features at times: a puff of cool air Tuesday night into Wednesday not only will deliver some brisk air, but also will result in increased cloud cover Tuesday night and Wednesday. This may also deliver some sprinkles along the way.

As soon as Thursday, the center of our big dome of high pressure will start shifting east, allowing our wind to blow from the west and southwest. This will help usher in gradually but steadily warming temperatures each day into the weekend.

Saturday and Sunday highs will be around 80 degrees, all the while maintaining a dry stretch until the next bona fide chance of showers early next week. The dry stretch will increase brush fire danger in the coming week and may allow for some fall pollen like ragweed to creep back up again, but these should be the worst of our ailments in the days ahead – at least for landlubbers.

Mariners will see a more active time by the week’s end as Hurricane Humberto makes its closest pass to New England Friday or Saturday. Waves of one to two feet Monday will build three to five feet by midweek.

They may peak over ten feet when Humberto makes his closest pass southeast of New England, perhaps most directly impacting Bermuda.

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