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Boston weather: A few showers Tuesday morning, then dry, windy weather

The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on April 23, 2014. Showers will end by the morning, with windy conditions through the day.
The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on April 23, 2014. Showers will end by the morning, with windy conditions through the day.www.weather.gov

Forecast discussion: After a long holiday weekend, Boston continued its streak of good weather as there was a little sunshine to begin Wednesday morning. However, due to a slight sea breeze, the capital city is seeing mostly cloudy skies, according to the observations at Logan Airport. Despite the extra clouds, Boston reached a high of 73 degrees today. We will see overcast skies by tonight, with some rainfall expected.

High temperature forecast for April 23, 2014
High temperature forecast for April 23, 2014www.weather.gov

Currently, the ridge is starting to weaken as a cold front moves into Southern New England. Radar imagery shows showers in western and central Massachusetts and western Connecticut. They should arrive by 11 p.m. and some isolated areas could see up to a half-inch of rainfall. There may even be an isolated thunderstorm passing through the state. But, the precipitation will come to an end by the end of the morning commute on Wednesday. Cooler, drier air will arrive behind the front, and with the high building in, winds will be quite strong.

The windy conditions will continue into Thursday, and the constant northwest winds will keep temperatures in the upper 50’s. By Friday night, a new cold front will bring increasing clouds and some isolated showers. The front will stall just offshore of New England, so there will be off and on shower activity on Saturday. So, do not cancel any outdoor activities, because right now the shower activity looks widely isolated.

By early Sunday morning, the main low will push off into Nova Scotia, allowing a new high pressure ridge to build over New England. The high will give us mostly sunny skies. Temperatures will be slowly rising into the lower 60’s as we reach next Tuesday.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Cloudy skies with light rain and a possible thunderstorm. We will see a low of 49.
Wednesday: Showers end by 7 a.m. and becoming windy. We will see partly sunny skies by the early afternoon. We will see a high of 58 with northwest winds of 13-16 mph.
Fenway Park Forecast (7:10 p.m. vs. New York Yankees): Partly sunny, 51.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy and windy with a low of 39. Winds will come from the west-northwest at 21-24 mph with occasional gusts of 35 mph.
Thursday: Mostly sunny but windy with a high of 58.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy with diminishing winds and a low of 40.
Friday: Partly sunny by the mid-afternoon with a high of 60.
Friday night: Cloudy with possible showers by 11 p.m. and a low of 46.

Extended Forecast:
Saturday: Partly sunny with isolated showers through the day, but not a washout. Highs 61-64, lows 44-47.
Sunday: Showers end by the early morning, with partly sunny skies. Highs 55-58, lows 41-44.
Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs 57-60, lows 42-45.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 59-62, lows 41-44.