Boston metro north covers the North Shore, Merrimack Valley and Northwest Suburbs:
March recap: As we all know it has been a very mild month of March. Although the last week of the month was on the cooler than normal side, overall there is no doubt the month will go into the record books as one of the mildest ever. With all the mild weather came a dry month. March is typically one of the wettest months of the year. We average 4.32 inches of rain for the month. However, this year it will be well below average. Although we received almost one inch of rain during the first three days of the month, since then we have squeezed out only a little more than a quarter inch of rainfall, giving us about 1.10 inches of rain. This is over three inches below the monthly average. And it gets worse. Since the 1st of January the deficit is running -6.51 inches, which is about 59% below average for the first three months of a given year. All statistics are from the National weather Service at Logan International Airport in East Boston.
Weekend Outlook: With all that said, the short term forecast does have light rain or showers in the weekend forecast, with the emphasis on light. There is no heavy rain producing event in this forecast period. A low pressure system skirts south of New England on Saturday, with most of the precipitation staying along the south coast of New England and over the outer Cape Cod area. There is a risk of a few light showers, or even a morning flurry or two, north of Boston. If the track changes slightly northward we would have a greater risk for rain and snow showers on Saturday.
High pressure moves overhead by early Sunday, before another weak disturbance moves across New England later in the day. Clouds and a few showers will move in again later Sunday and Sunday evening. Another bubble of high pressure moves in for early next week, bringing a return to sunshine for Monday afternoon and Tuesday.
Low pressure will approach later Tuesday night, with a return to clouds and showers possible again into Wednesday.
Temperatures will remain on the cool side during this period. A slight moderating trend is likely early next week, with daytime highs returning to the 50’s.
SATURDAY: A chance of rain showers along and near the coast, with a chance of rain and snow showers mixed through the Merrimack Valley and Northwest Suburbs. Any precipitation winds down by early to mid afternoon. Remaining mostly cloudy, with high temperatures 42 to 46 degrees. Winds east 5 to 10 mph.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Becoming partly cloudy. Lows 30 to 34. Winds near calm.
SUNDAY: Partly cloudy skies early, followed by increasing cloudiness. Chance of showers by late in the day. Highs 44 to 48. Winds southeast around 5 mph.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Showers likely, may mix with snow through the Merrimack Valley and Northwest Suburbs after midnight. Lows 33 to 37.
MONDAY: Rain or snow showers possible early, followed by partial clearing. Highs 44 to 48.
MONDAY NIGHT: Mainly clear skies. Lows 32 to 36.
TUESDAY: Partly to mostly sunny. Highs 50 to 55.
TUESDAY NIGHT and WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy, with a chance of showers into Wednesday morning. Lows 36 to 40. Highs 52 to 56.
Boston CLIMATE normals:
Maximum temperature 50
Minimum temperature 35
Sunrise and sunset:
March 31………sunrise 6:28 am sunset 7:09 pm