BOSTON (CBS) – It was a great start to the last weekend in March. In bright sunshine, the heights rose into the 1960s, with 1950s in Boston and on the Cape and on the islands thanks to a developing sea breeze.
There will be no flushing and repeating like we did last weekend. Low pressure and an approaching cold front bring sporadic rain and wind on Sunday.
Sunday morning starts dry with increasing clouds and temperatures in the low 40s. If you have to walk the dog or run errands, early morning is your best bet. In the morning, rain develops sporadically, which spreads around noon.
Expect rains through the afternoon when temperatures soar to nearly 60 degrees by the upper 50s. Gusts of 30 to 45 mph will likely develop over southeast New England by late Sunday afternoon. There may be some embedded thunderstorms in the late afternoon and evening, the main threats being lightning and noxious gusts of wind.
The showers leave the region between 10 p.m. and 10 p.m. from west to east. until 2 a.m., last over the cape and the islands.
The favorable amounts of precipitation are between 0.50 and 1.25 inches, with occasional higher amounts possible when thunderstorms occur.
While the rain will end, we will turn our attention to the strong and potentially harmful wind hazard from Sunday evening through Monday afternoon. In the wake of the cold front passage, westerly winds can blow 40 to 55 miles per hour, with the strongest gusts blowing Monday morning into the early afternoon.
The east side of the Berkshires, the higher elevations of Worcester County, and the Outer Cape and Cape Ann can experience some of the strongest gusts of wind.
Minor damage to trees and power lines is possible, resulting in isolated to scattered power outages. The winds will ease a bit in the afternoon, but will still be 25 to 35 mph. Wind reports are expected to be published by Sunday.
Monday will be bright but cooler. Highs only reach the top 40s to low 50s. Temperatures are warming to end March with highs in the 60s on both Tuesday and Wednesday. The sunshine will fade behind the clouds on late Wednesday as our next system approaches and the rain is expected to start in April. We will continue to update the timing and rainfall amounts as new information comes in. So stay up to date!