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Boston Weather: 86.0°F | Mostly Cloudy

Weather: Pleasant Days Ahead

By Greg Lawson
STAFF METEOROLOGIST -- If you spent this summer in New England, you may well have heard people wondering whether summer was ever really here. It does seem true that temperatures have been low and that there has been more precipitation than normal. Let’s quickly look at the facts, though. In Boston at least, June was a particularly wet month in which we received more than double the normal amount of rainfall. The temperatures in June, however, were almost exactly equal to their climatological averages. July proved to be both wet and cool by again doubling the normal amount of rainfall and having an average monthly temperature three and half degrees (F) cooler than normal! July was reportedly the third coldest July on record (back to 1872) in New England. So far August has shown itself to be pretty average in terms of precipitation and perhaps a little cool for average temperatures.

So yes, this summer does seem statistically to be anomalously wet and cool. Explaining it, of course, is the hard part. It is easy to look at the weather maps and recognize that there have been some atypical patterns this summer, but to explain what has been maintaining these patterns is not easy. A tempting explanation may be to appeal to the fact that we are currently in a pretty strong La Nina regime. Why are we in a La Nina regime? Well, there are many researchers currently trying to answer just that. Before you lose hope, remember that summer technically lasts until September 22 and that New England is known for its long, warm Indian summers.

The weather today and for the next several days should be very pleasant. A weak high pressure system has settled in and will be slow to move out. Expect mostly clear skies through to at least Tuesday. Temperatures, you’ll be happy to hear, will be a little above average.


Today: Sunny and mostly clear with a light northeasterly breeze. High 82°F (28°C).

Tonight: Clear and cool. Light winds. Low 63°F (17°C).

Saturday: Again, sunny and nice. High of 82°F (28°C). Low 63°F (17°C).

Sunday: More of the same. High in the low to mid 80°Fs (27-29°C). Low in the low 60°Fs (16-18°C).