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Weather: Three Seasons in a Day’s Drive

By Robert Lindsay Korty
STAFF METEOROLOGIST -- Interstate highways have sped up long-distance drives, but trips can become homogeneous on roads lined with ubiquitous billboards, McDonald’s, and Exxon stations. A cross-country trip on a Greyhound bus was once advertised as an opportunity to “see America,” but the similarity of I-80 in Nebraska and the New Jersey Turnpike leaves many passengers yearning for the end.

Driving south to Virginia this past weekend, the scenery along my drive was more distinct than usual. Across the hills of central Massachusetts and Connecticut, the landscape still looks like winter (minus the snow and ice, of course) with only early buds on many trees. The flowers and fruit trees of spring were in full bloom in New York City and New Jersey, and by the southern end of the Delmarva peninsula, it looked like summer. With a full canopy of leaves and green fields across southern Virginia, it felt like a day in June. The scenery of spring is migrating quickly north, and the warm temperatures across New England this week are in place to welcome its arrival in May.

High pressure offshore will keep warm westerly winds in place today. Cooler air from Northern New England will move southward tomorrow, but temperatures will continue to be mild through Thursday.

Extended Forecast

Today: Sunny and warm. High 80°F (27°C).

Tonight: Clear. Low 42°F (6°C).

Wednesday: Sunny. High 65°F (18°C), except cooler near the coast.

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 70°F (21°C), low 48°F (9°C).