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Boston weather: Let's play ball, despite some showers

The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on April 4, 2014. Scattered showers are expected around 4 p.m.
The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on April 4, 2014. Scattered showers are expected around 4 p.m.

Forecast discussion: Thanks to high pressure ridging from Canada, eastern Massachusetts received bright sunshine on Thursday. However, it could have been a little warmer in the capital city. Winds began this morning coming from the northwest, before shifting off the ocean and from the east. This helped to keep temperatures cool, as the high at Logan Airport only reached 54 degrees.

High temperature forecast for April 4, 2014

However, the ridge of high pressure will begin to break down, due to an incoming low pressure system over the central U.S. at the moment. The warm front will slowly trek northward this evening. We will see increasing clouds throughout Friday morning. Along the front will be rain and showers. At this time, the precipitation will hold off at Fenway, as the Red Sox receive their championship rings between 1 and 2 p.m. The game will get underway, but there might be some scattered showers by the sixth inning. I do not think the game will be delayed or cancelled. Light rain will fall during early Saturday morning, and will end by the middle of the afternoon. Some sunshine is expected before sunset, and this may help temperatures climb into the middle to upper 50’s if the winds are calm and not coming from an easterly direction.

A high pressure system will build over Southern New England by Sunday, giving us gorgeous weather and slightly cooler temperatures. A strong low pressure system will bring another round of showers by Monday night, with moderate rain through the overnight hours. As the cold front moves offshore, the precipitation will taper to showers before ending by the middle of Tuesday afternoon. There is a slight chance of seeing an isolated shower early Wednesday morning, as a weak disturbance behind the main low passes through the region. Temperatures will remain seasonable into next week, and we will return to sunshine next Thursday.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Partly cloudy with a low of 34.
Friday: Increasing clouds with showers developing around 4 p.m. We will see a high of 42 with east-northeast winds of 12-15 mph.
Fenway Park Forecast (2:05 p.m. vs. Milwaukee Brewers): Cloudy with some showers toward the end of the game, 39.
Friday night: Showers/light rain and a low of 39. Winds will come from the east-southeast at 10-13 mph.
Saturday: Showers will end by 3 p.m. with some sunshine before sunset. We will see a high of 54.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 34.
Sunday: Mostly sunny with a high of 53.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 37.

Extended Forecast:
Monday: Mostly sunny until the morning, with increasing clouds in the afternoon. Showers will be arriving around 7 p.m. Highs 54-57, lows 44-47.
Tuesday: Cloudy with moderate rain through the morning, before ending as showers by 3 p.m. Highs 57-60, lows 39-42.
Wednesday: A possible shower during the early morning, then becoming mostly sunny. Highs 50-53, lows 34-37.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs 50-53, lows 35-38.

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