As we stand ready to conclude August and usher in the long Labor Day weekend, the region will continue to be spared any dramatic weather, but there are some interesting, noteworthy elements in the forecast over the coming week. These include our own brush with a coastal storm, a very chilly weekend morning and the eventual moisture from the remnants of Harvey.

 

Missed rain opportunity

A storm developing off the southeast coast of New England this morning had tropical possibilities, but they won’t be realized.  The track of this system will keep it well south of our area, and although the rain shield is quite extensive, it only penetrated as far north as Boston.  Our clouds from this system will decrease this morning and sunshine returns this afternoon.

Nice Thursday while a front passes

The sunshine is out full force Thursday.  However, a cold front will cross the area during the afternoon. A cold front can bring a gusty thunderstorm or two, but here again many miss it altogether.  This isn’t something to cancel outdoor plans, but they be briefly interrupted around 1-3 p.m.

A fall air mass brings temps down to the 30s!

Canadian air arrives Friday with a very chilly air Saturday and Sunday mornings.  If you are headed camping this weekend or are going to be outside early, be aware of some possible 30s over the higher terrain and those low lying hollows. The coastline, under the Atlantic’s influence, will remain milder.  All of us recover into the lower 70s Saturday afternoon under brilliant blue skies.  It may feel like fall has arrived in the morning, but the afternoons will warm quite nicely.

Some inland valleys and higher terrain will reach the upper 30s on Saturday morning.

Some inland valleys and higher terrain will reach the upper 30s on Saturday morning. WeatherBell

Harvey’s demise

For the southern United States it may seem like Harvey just won’t go away, but eventually on Thursday the system will fall apart as it moves north.  The jet stream will then capture what’s left of this historic system taking the remaining moisture, and there will be very little by then, over New England.  This brings the chance of showers on Sunday for a few hours.   For planning purposes, this is the least favorable of the three weekend days. However, it’s far from a washout.

A few showers may reach Monday Sunday from the remnants of Harvey. Tropical Tidbits

Lovely Labor Day

The unofficial end of the summer season will dawn comfortably cool and end up warm enough to be a good early September beach day.  As highs approach the mid-70s under the bright September sunshine, I hope  you’ll smile fondly with good memories of the summer of 2017 as we all begin to turn our attention to autumn.

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