Sunshine Makes Return, But Unsettled Weather Approaching

Morning rain departs for a fresh, northwest wind Tuesday, gusting at times to 40 mph and perhaps resulting in isolated instances of trees being uprooted from ground softened from recent rain.

We’ll get an invigorating spring feeling as temperatures respond to increasing sunshine by rising to 75 to 80 degrees. The exception will be eastern Maine, where the rain arrived last and lasts longest and temperatures will stay cool.

The wind will quiet quickly near and after sundown, coupling with clear skies and dry air to send temperatures tumbling to either side of 50 degrees Tuesday night, with 40s in many sheltered valleys. Fog will be limited due to the dry nature of the air.

That same dry nature will ensure Wednesday brings ample sun and quick warming from that sun; we will be back to 75- to 80-degree temperatures by afternoon. Clouds will slowly increase late in the day through Wednesday night ahead of the next storm system to impact New England.

That system will start as another storm to our west, but this time it will spawn a new, coastal storm development that will serve to enhance incoming rain Thursday and probably keep most of the day cool with an onshore wind.

Rain is expected to start by midday Thursday. It will continue into the night, with one to two inches of rain probable by the morning. Though the surface storm focusing most of the rain will depart by Friday morning, the upper level atmospheric energy driving the storm will lag behind, sparking puffy clouds and dropping showers across the hilly terrain of central, northern and western New England.

Saturday looks splendid for New England, but it won’t be long before the next disturbance caught in the jet stream winds comes close enough to impact our weather. That happens in the form of scattered thunderstorms on Father’s Day afternoon, then again Monday and probably Tuesday afternoon before another break in the pattern.

It’s hard to envision all or any of those days being washouts, so we’ll continue to fine tune and add more detail as we get closer in the exclusive First Alert 10-day forecast.

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