Take a good, long look at these high temperatures today:

It’s a safe bet that this is the last time you’ll see 80s until next year. As it stands now, the door will slam shut next week as we fall into the 50s, and there’s little hope for a warmup of this magnitude in the near future.

Now, back to the forecast.

Downpours are heading east as I type. There are two new developments with this band of rain. First, the heaviest rain is timed to arrive from early afternoon to late afternoon, no longer dragging into the overnight and wee hours of Friday morning. Second, the fact that it’s moving faster means rainfall amounts will be lighter – still looking at 1/2 to 1″, but not on the order of 2-3″ if this system were moving slower. This is big news for the Pats game, since the heavy stuff should be done by game time, with just lingering nuisance showers through the game. (And a lot less wind.)

Dry air moves back in on Friday. I like the looks of the afternoon too. Highs will recover to the low 70s under a bright sky. Saturday sees the clouds thicken and a late day shower with a passing front. This will signal the beginning of the end to the warm spell as highs crumble Sunday and stay in the cellar next week.

Speaking of, the pending showers will really have us scrambling for the coats and hats. I reserve the right to lower the numbers on Tue/Wed into the 40s.

More on that after the rain and warmth.

Pete

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