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Boston weather: Strong winds for Thursday

The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on April 24, 2014. Mostly sunny skies and windy conditions are expected.
The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on April 24, 2014. Mostly sunny skies and windy conditions are expected.

Forecast discussion: After having an overnight of showers and light rain, the low pressure system did not move offshore as quickly as the models had predicted. So, Boston received some more showers and light rain until about 4:00 p.m. Through the late morning and early afternoon, parts of Norfolk, Bristol, and Plymouth Counties saw heavy rain, isolated thunderstorms, and even some strong lightning.

High temperature forecast for April 24, 2014

Due to the strong pressure gradient, we will once again see strong northwest winds tonight and through Thursday. This will be due to the incoming high pressure ridge meeting with the departing low. As the high pressure center moves closer to New England, the winds will diminish, especially by Thursday night. Despite the strong winds, high temperatures on Thursday and Friday will be in the upper 50’s, with the temperature reaching 60 for Friday.

By Friday night, an incoming cold front will deliver some scattered showers before midnight. As we head into Saturday, the front will move offshore, but the low’s center will actually become blocked from moving to the east. Moisture will work to the backside of the low on Saturday, giving us showers and periods of light rain at times. By Saturday night, the low will be able to move off to the east, and we will see slowly clearing skies going into Sunday.

We will see dry weather to end the weekend, with mostly sunny skies to start the new workweek, with students returning to school. We will continue to see dry weather into Tuesday morning. By then, a new cold front will bring some isolated showers by the evening commute. However, this storm system will be sticking around for a few days. The low will meet with an upper level low and gain strength into next Wednesday. The surface low will remain quasi-stationary, giving us some decent rainfall throughout next Wednesday and into next Thursday.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Partly cloudy skies after midnight and breezy with a low of 39.
Thursday: Mostly sunny but windy with a high of 59. Winds will come from the northwest at 22-27 mph with occasional gusts of 40-45 mph.
Fenway Park Forecast (7:10 p.m. vs. New York Yankees): Partly cloudy and windy, 57.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy with diminishing winds and a low of 38. Winds will come from the northwest at 10-14 mph.
Friday: Sunny through the morning, but partly sunny by the late afternoon. We will see a high of 60.
Friday night: Cloudy with scattered showers by 11 p.m. and a low of 43.
Saturday: Showers with intermittent rain and a high of 60.
Saturday night: Precipitation ends by 9 p.m. with clearing skies and a low of 45.

Extended Forecast:
Sunday: Partly to mostly sunny. Highs 57-60, lows 40-43.
Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs 57-60, lows 40-43.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny through mid-morning, with increasing clouds and possible showers by 4 p.m. Highs 57-60, lows 44-47.
Wednesday: Showers/light rain the entire day. Highs 55-58, lows 44-47.

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