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Boston weather: Dry weather ahead

The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on May 5, 2014. A widely isolated shower is possible during this time.
The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on May 5, 2014. A widely isolated shower is possible during this time.

Forecast discussion: Despite bright sunshine through most of Sunday, Boston still had to deal with gusty winds and some strong thunderstorms over places like New Bedford and Plymouth. This was due to a low pressure system that passed over Southern New England, along with an area of high pressure trying to move east. The combination of the two systems meeting is what created the strong winds, and the low helped create the thunderstorms.

High temperature forecast for May 5, 2014

As we move into this evening, we will still feel some occasional gusty winds, as the low moves out, and high pressure continues to build over the area. However, we will remain dry for the next few days. Except for a widely isolated shower during the afternoon, we will see at least partly sunny skies. Temperatures during the daytime will remain seasonable, and low temperatures will be slightly below normal. The high will continue to give us dry weather into Wednesday night.

As we head into early Thursday morning, a frontal boundary from North Carolina straight west to eastern Kansas will slowly move north. This front will move northward and bring scattered showers and even an isolated thunderstorm during Thursday. According to the models, the shower activity will continue well into Friday, but we will see a lull in the precipitation by late Friday afternoon. But, the models agree that a new shield of precipitation will arrive over the area by early Saturday morning. We will see more showers and possible thunderstorms into Sunday morning. Skies will begin to clear by Sunday afternoon, as the cold front associated with the low moves offshore. High pressure ridging will build into New England. Temperatures will actually be slightly above normal for the weekend.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Scattered showers end by midnight, with partly to mostly cloudy skies. Winds will remain gusty with a low of 46.
Monday: Partly to mostly sunny skies by the late morning. We will have a high of 64 with north-northwest winds of 11-14 mph.
Monday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 45.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny with a high of 63.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 44.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny in the morning, with increasing clouds by the late afternoon. We will see a high of 63.
Wednesday night: Overcast with scattered showers by 2 a.m. and a low of 46.

Extended Forecast:
Thursday: Cloudy with scattered showers. Highs 62-65, lows 47-50.
Friday: Cloudy with scattered showers until the late afternoon. Skies will remain cloudy into the evening. Highs 60-63, lows 49-52.
Saturday: Cloudy with scattered showers and possible thunderstorms. Highs 65-68, lows 51-54.
Sunday: Showers end by 8 a.m. and becoming mostly sunny. Highs 64-67, lows 45-48.

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