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Boston weather: A cloudy but still Good Friday

The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on April 18, 2014. Patchy drizzle is possible for the Cape and Islands at this time.
The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on April 18, 2014. Patchy drizzle is possible for the Cape and Islands at this time.
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Forecast discussion: On Thursday, eastern Massachusetts once again saw bright sunshine. But, the northeast winds brought colder air off the water into the mainland. So, it felt more like the end of winter than the early parts of spring. Due to the cold sea surface temperatures, the winds helped to bring the temperatures well below normal. As we go into Friday, Boston will be slightly warmer during the day, but the weather will not be bright and sunny.

High temperature forecast for April 18, 2014
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A warm front passing south of the Great Lakes will help to create some low clouds this evening. The clouds may even create a patchy drizzle or mist, especially along the Cape and Islands right into the early afternoon. Winds will come from the east, so the extra moisture from the ocean will keep us under cloudy skies for the rest of the day. The clouds will linger into Friday night, but it will also help keep temperatures from falling. The make shift blanket will keep low temperatures near 40 degrees. By Saturday, a high pressure system will build towards the eastern U.S., helping to bring mostly sunny skies by the afternoon. Temperatures will also return to normal, with highs in the lower 60’s.

By Easter Sunday, the high will continue to influence our weather, so I am expecting sunny skies and seasonable temperatures. The high will begin to move offshore, with a weak cold front from Canada bringing cloudy skies by Monday afternoon. The low will bring some light to moderate rain on Tuesday evening, and the precipitation ends by Wednesday morning. A new high pressure system brings back mostly sunny skies for Thursday. Temperatures will remain seasonable through next week.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy with a low of 32. Patchy drizzle is possible.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with drizzle in the morning with a high of 46. Winds will come from the east at 9-12 mph.
Fenway Park Forecast (7:10 p.m. vs. Baltimore): Mostly cloudy, 43.
Friday night: Mostly cloudy skies and a low of 39. Winds will shift to the southwest at 3-6 mph.
Saturday: Partly sunny skies giving way to mostly sunny skies with a high of 61.
Saturday night: Clear to partly cloudy skies and a low of 38.
Easter Sunday: Sunny with a high of 57.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 40.

Extended Forecast:
Monday: A sunny start, with increasing clouds by the afternoon. Highs 62-65, lows 43-46.
Tuesday: Cloudy with light to moderate rain by around 7 p.m. Highs 63-66, lows 46-49.
Wednesday: Showers ending by mid-morning, and becoming breezy with mostly sunny skies by the mid-afternoon. Highs 60-63, lows 43-46.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs 61-64, lows 43-46.