One more day of this beautiful weather, then changes this weekend in New England.
Strong high-pressure system out of Canada brought record low temperatures early Thursday in the 30s and 40s in parts of northern New England, but we warmed beautifully to the low 80s away from the coast by afternoon, with total sunshine. This evening is also clear with temperatures falling rapidly after dark, once again in the 40s and 50s in many locations 60s in the cities.
High pressure in the Gulf of Maine gives us a nice Friday, although there is a bit of a breeze off of the ocean, high in the 70s at the shore, 80s inland. It's a bit warmer and more humid.
Our weekend features a complex sequence of weather events. The front that broke the heat here on Tuesday will return from the south as a warm front. Also an upper-level low which came in off the Pacific ocean more than a week ago is just now getting close enough that clouds and rain will approach from the west.
In-depth news coverage of the Greater Boston Area.
[NATL] Extreme Weather Photos: Record Heat Threatens Europe
There are two systems that will merge over New England by Sunday, and may continue to bring wet weather for much of next week.
Saturday should feature plenty of sunshine, the low clouds and fog may move in off the ocean near the sea shore. High temperature in the 80s inland 70s at the coast with increasing humidity.
Low pressure likely developing on the front to our south may intensify into a gale force storm along the shore Sunday.
There's even a chance that the national hurricane center may give it a name, either way it looks windy and wet for a lot of New England Sunday.
Wind from the south may gust past 45 mph from Narragansett Bay to Cape Cod and the islands, northward to Cape Ann and to the New Hampshire and Maine coast.
Rainfall may become heavy at times, but it's tropical downpours in nature, meaning it will not be pouring every minute, but when it rains it really comes down, with the possibility of flash flooding.
Whatever low pressure system does develop and move north on Sunday it will weaken, leaving a stalled front over New England with a chance of showers and downpours just about every day next week. That upper level low in the Midwest is stalled, and it's just a feed of tropical moisture from Florida to New England. Very humid with a high temperature in the 80s, at times it is sunny and other times it's raining quite hard for most of next week.
Additional flash flooding is possible, especially in Western New England. Eastern New England may stay relatively dry.