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Boston Weather: 23.0°F | Mostly Cloudy and Windy

Weather: May be better...

May be better...

By Marek Zebrowski
Staff Meteorologist

A few more days of this pesky, gray weather is in store for New England. We are, unfortunately, in a stable weather pattern with a large trough of low pressure in the middle levels of the atmosphere parked directly overhead. Very weak steering winds make this feature quasi-stationary, and no great improvement is foreseen until the normal brisk flow of westerlies comes to life again in the northern branch of jetstream.

On the surface map, a large low in the Ohio Valley will slowly move eastward during Friday (with an additional secondary development off the Virginia Capes), and enter the off-shore waters of the mid-Atlantic states by Sunday. Since this system will pass to our south, most rain will fall on the Cape and the Islands, and along the southern coastal sections of New England. Stiff easterly flow with drizzle, raw winds, and extra high tides due to astronomic conditions will develop and be our lot for the weekend.

The hope for next week is that by late Monday and into Tuesday, a high pressure system from southern Canada will slip down from the Maritimes, finally clearing out the grey skies. Raw sea breezes will most likely still remain a chilling feature near the coast, but at least the sun will return to grace our lives once again.

Today: Mostly cloudy with occasional breaks in overcast during the afternoon, especially away from the coast. Easterly winds will keep it cool and moist with higs in low to mid 60s (16-18C)

Tonight: Cloudy with onset of drizzle. Steadier rain developing towards morning. Cool with stiffening onshore winds. Low 52F (11C)

Saturday: Cloudy, rainy and cool, with high about 59F (15C)

Sunday outlook: Still mostly cloudy and damp. Highs in low to mid 60s (16-18C), low in the mid 50s (12-14C)