BOSTON (CBS) – Don’t you just love New England this time of year? The landscape is as green as possible, the beaches are opening up, the boats are back in the water and this year the added bonus of restaurants and bars will reopen 100 percent, even Fenway Park will be back in operation!
Everything seems fine in the world and then you checked the weather forecast.
Let mother nature ruin a party.
Lovers of warm weather certainly had nothing to complain about this spring.
- March: 3.7 degrees above average
- April: 2.2 degrees above average
- May so far: 4.6 degrees above average (no below average days in two and a half weeks!)
This is the third warmest May in Boston history. It was downright mild in New England that spring. If you look at the spring weather (March-April-May) it was the 7th warmest in Boston and the warmest in 9 years.
I know what you’re saying it all sounds great but what have you been doing for me lately?
You want to have a barbecue this holiday weekend or take the boat to the lake for some time, or maybe you had plans to go to the beach. Let’s take a closer look and see if we can find optimism in an otherwise depressing forecast.
Best chance for sunshine: early in the day and in the east mass.
Best chance for rain: Late in the day, arriving from west to east between 5pm and 9pm, looks like a good overnight soak
Temperatures: 60s inland, 50s coast
Beach and boating: High tide between 1-2 o’clock in the morning, light east wind. Seas 2 to 3 feet
Comment: IIf you have tee times, do them in the morning or early afternoon. Anytime after 5-6pm it could get wet.
Best chance for sunshine: late in the day well in the north and west (speaking Berkshires and northern mountains)
Best chance for rain: Tomorrow. Widespread steady rainfall likely from southern New Hampshire to the south coast. Heaviest over the southeastern fair. In the afternoon we dry out, but for some time near the coast a persistent drizzle and light rain is possible
Temperatures: 1950s throughout southern New England. 1960s in the far north of New England where there will be some sunshine
Beach and boating: High tide between 2-3 a.m. northeast winds 10-20 +. Seas 2 to 4 feet
Comment: If you have tee times, do them in the afternoon. If you’re looking for sunshine, head north. Vermont, the far north of New Hampshire, and Maine are your best shot
Best chance for sunshine: early in the day and north of the Mass Pike, even more north of the border with Mass. New Hampshire
Best chance for rain: Late in the day, the chances increase from south to north. Showers likely south of the pike in the afternoon and some extend north of the pike to southern New Hampshire in the evening. The rain is mostly light and nowhere near as heavy as Friday and Saturday
Temperatures: 50s in the eastern and southeastern mass (in the clouds), 60 to 65 wells inland, 65 to 70 central and northern England with more sunshine
Beach and boating: High tide between 3-4 a.m. northeast winds 10-20 miles per hour and lake 2 to 4 feet
Comment: Tomorrow tee times are safest further north and probably better west too. Although it doesn’t rain much, it is certainly a rough beach day with persistent onshore winds.
Best chance for sunshine: Afternoon and evening and also better chance to go west
Best chance for rain: Eastern MA (including the Cape and Islands) and areas beaches first half of the day
Temperatures: 50’s in the eastern and southeastern mass, 60-65 in the central mass, and in areas 20-40 miles west of the coast, 65-75 in western New England (Connecticut River Valley, Vermont) with more sunshine
Beach and boating: High tide between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. North wind 5-15mph. Seas 2-3ft.
Comment: Here there is hope for a nice end to the weekend, especially in the afternoon and evening when rain and clouds quickly become clear in the morning.
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