Warmer Fall Days Ahead

After waking up Tuesday morning to some of the coldest temperatures since April 2017, it turned out to be a beautiful, sun-filled October day across New England with high temperatures into the mid to upper 50s south, low to mid 50s north.

Tuesday night, with a shift in wind direction to out of the southwest, temperatures will not drop quite as low as Monday night's temperatures. Overnight lows are expected to drop into the mid to upper 40s south, near 40 north. A dome of high pressure to our south ushers in the quiet weather pattern through the rest of the week and even into the weekend.

High temperatures for Wednesday stretch to near 70, and to the 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 five 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 percent 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 winds of 80 mph or higher, 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 and necn apps.

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