It was the case of the haves and have nots yesterday afternoon regarding those thunderstorms and needed water on lawn for towns across our area. The farther north and west of Boston you went, the better chance you had of catching a storm.  Some of those storms were nasty too, with hail and damaging wind gusts.  In fact, the National Weather Service estimates that winds with a microburst, that knocked down a bunch of trees, in Methuen were around 70mph. 

The storms, and the front that kicked them off, are now to our south and east. In it’s wake, it’s a beauty of a start on this Friday morning.  The humidity is low and the breezes are light through the day with sunny to partly cloudy skies prevailing.  The winds turn onshore at the coastline, keeping beach temps in the 60s to near 70 while inland towns warm to around 80. 

Winds go back to the southwest on Saturday, ensuring a warm day with highs in the lower to middle 80s.  The breeze is strong enough that no sea breeze will kick in, however, a gusty southerly wind will keep Cape temps near 70.  

Saturday is the beach day, Sunday is the rain day.  It’s not to say that it’ll rain all day, but from late morning, through the afternoon, there’s a good bet for widespread showers and rumbles of thunder to move in along a cool front.  That front will knock morning temps near 70, back into the 50s and 60s in the afternoon.  While it’s not ideal to have the rain on the weekend, we do need it for the lawns and gardens as May has be bone dry. Many towns are running close to 6″ behind in the rainfall department since March 1st, with little rain falling this month. 

While we don’t want to make up 6″ of rain all at once, the pattern does favor a solid chance of many towns picking up an inch or two from Sunday, through Tuesday as waves of showers may occasionally produce locally heavy rain.  It’ll be chilly too on Monday and Tuesday as temps range from the mid to upper 50s coast, to lower 60s inland. 

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