Last Week of October

Cool temperatures with us again today, and wait a minute… Where was the sunshine?!  We just didn’t see any rays of sunshine peeking through the clouds today.  Highs were a few degrees below normal for this time of year ("normal" highs are running in the upper 50s right now).  Disappointed?  Milder temperatures will be with us tomorrow!!  However, this is a bit of a trade-off.  Highs near 60° in the forecast for tomorrow will come along with some wet weather.

First off, it’s NOT a soaker.  It looks like the scattered showers we’re expecting early in the day on Sunday will only amount to between 0.10" and 0.25" of rain.  Not even close to what we NEED right now.  It’s been dry lately… Have you noticed??  Second, the rain tomorrow will be out of the way before any afternoon outdoor plans.  If you’re heading to Salem for some good ol’ spooky fun – just take the train in around lunch time.  If you’re heading to Gillette for the game, just take the rain gear for tailgating.  After Noon, we should be dry – and again, the highs tomorrow will be near 60°.  I’d say, all things considered, this is the PERFECT forecast for a football game!  GO PATS!

Now, we’re back down with the temps on Monday and Tuesday, but we’ll have the bright sunshine back with us.  Highs will top out in the low to mid 50s on both days.  Sunny, crisp, cool; It’s just what you’d expect for the last week of October.

WAIT WHAT?!  October is almost over already?!  Yup – I already have Halloween showing up in my 7-day forecast. I was a little too excited to add the pumpkin graphic to the 7on7 tonight!  Then, when you tuck in for bed on Halloween night, you’ll want to set your clocks back an HOUR.  Daylight Saving Time ends next Sunday, November 1st – and we all must FALL BACK.  ‘Tis the season for the sun to set around 4:30pm.  Cue the "Debbie Downer" sound effect:  "Wah, wah…"

I’m getting ahead of myself now.  While I was tracking what was Hurricane Patricia last night, a few people here in New England wanted to know, "What’s this got to do with me?"  Yes, the west coast of Mexico is FAR from here.  When Patricia made landfall last night as a Cat 5 hurricane with 165mph winds, she was still some 3,000 miles from Boston.  Well, believe it or not, some of the energy and moisture left over from "the ghost of Patricia," will help to bring us a good chance of a soaker late Wednesday into Thursday.  This storm looks windy, and also MILD.  So, suffice it to say, NO snow with this one (I only mention this because people keep asking "When will it snow?")… but maybe an widespread inch of rain for most, with some embedded downpours.  We still have some time to nail down the details, so we’ll keep you posted.

Back to the sneak peek at the Halloween forecast:  It looks dry!!  Fairly cool though, with highs on Saturday only in the low 50s.  That means the ghosts and ghouls heading out after sunset (5:39pm for the last time this fall…) will need a jacket.  Temps around prime trick-or-treat time will be in the mid 40s.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and GO PATS!