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Weather: Weather woes!

Weather

Weather woes!

By Marek Zebrowski
Staff meteorologist

This time it's a spell of rainy (and perhaps stormy) weather for New England over the next few days. Several factors will be responsible for the cloudy and wet scenario: 1. a trough lying just off shore with several waves of low pressure moving along it; 2. a surface low over central New York with a cold front, approaching slowly from the west; and 3. a strong closed upper air low, which will take up residence overhead for a while and inject quite a bit of cold unstable air into the mix. As bursts of energy enter and leave this upper air system, it will shift slightly, becoming more elongated from west to east. This may occur just in time to prevent a dangerous hurricane Hortense to threaten the eastern sections of New England. As this hurricane strengthened last night to category IV with winds of 140 mph (230 kph) and a central pressure dropped to an impressive 27.67 in (937 mb), its movements during Friday should be monitored closely by all concerned.

Today: Cloudy with periods of rain. Damp easterly breezes. Cool highs near 66F (19C).

Tonight: Cloudy with scattered showers. Some steadier activity with imbedded thunder well to the west. Low 62F (17C), easterly winds continuing.

Saturday: Continued cloudy and cool with a chance of early fog and drizzle near the coast. High 68F (20C). Onshore winds may strengthen, especially in eastern sections, in response to Hortense passing by.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy and unsettled with a chance of showers. Lows in mid to upper 50s (1215C), highs in the 60s (1620C).