It’s a grey and foggy start to our Saturday with visibilities as low as a quarter of a mile prompting a Dense Fog Advisory from Downeast Maine to coastal Rhode Island. Improvement expected by midday as fogs and clouds dissipate in coverage and we’ll see peeks of sunshine.
Peeks of sun coupled with the humidity will spur up a quick sprinkle for some by mid-afternoon, but these will not be widespread and very hit or miss.
Overnight tonight, similar to last night, we’ll see temperatures in the 60s with the muggy air lingering, allowing for patchy fog to develop yet again. After a foggy start again, Sunday brings plenty of sunshine with highs into the upper 70s at the coast, 80s farther inland.
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As we look ahead to the work week, the leading edge of cloud cover associated with Hurricane Jose slide into the region. Coastal communities will notice the waves picking up in height as Jose, now a Category 1 Hurricane at least 500 miles southwest of Bermuda and southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, continues to slide it’s way NNW this weekend, before turning due north between the eastern seaboard and the island of Bermuda from Sunday onward.
As it approaches the New England waters, since our waters are not nearly as warm as the tropics, Jose will weaken to a tropical storm, but that does not mean that southern New England will not see some impacts. Most of southern New England, especially those at the coast, are under the cone of uncertainty released by the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
Most weather models are in agreement that Jose will pass very close to the outer Cape and the Islands late Tuesday into Wednesday. The main impacts will be rising seas, rough surf, rip current risk starting as early as this weekend, gusty winds, and tropical-like rain bands with an onshore wind. For our mariners, as Jose nears, 10-25’ swells are possible from Monday through Thursday before Jose peels off the coast.
By Thursday and Friday, we’ll start to return to a more quiet weather pattern as the First Day of Fall takes place this Friday. Shaping up to be a beautiful day with highs into the lower 70s under plenty of sunshine. The first full weekend of fall brings highs into the mid to upper 70s with a chance for a shower late next weekend.