Weather: More Warmth, Some Rain (10/4/2017)

Wednesday continues as a transition day in the weather world. Much of the day was mostly sunny, dry, warm and breezy; highs got close to 80° but stayed shy of the record books. Meanwhile, winds cranked up near 20-30mph. Wednesday night, a cold front will bring rain and even a few thunderstorms with it. We're not expecting severe weather but gusty winds over 40mph and heavy rain will be possible in the strongest storms. As the night goes on storms will weaken but rain will continue overnight into very early Thursday morning. The more south you go, rain becomes more isolated and lighter; meanwhile overnight lows stay mild in the middle 50s.

Thursday, the front will continue moving away from us, traveling through southern New England by the afternoon. Clouds may be stubborn the more south you go but we should all trend partly to mostly sunny and dry during the afternoon. Meanwhile, highs will 'only' get into the upper 60s & low 70s. I say 'only', because we'll be cooler than Wednesday but still way above average (63°). High pressure should keep us mostly dry on Friday while Thursday's front hovers in the Mid-Atlantic. Saturday, the front lifts back north as a warm front. You care about that because it'll increase clouds again and bring isolated showers back during the day. I don't expect a washout, there will be lots of dry time with highs in the upper 60s. At this point it looks like we'll have a better shot at widespread rain late Saturday through early Sunday. Sunday afternoon we'll trend drier with highs in the middle to upper 70s. Sunday is the day we could break some record highs. Sunday's record high in Burlington is 77°, our forecast high is 78°.

We need more rain and early next week we'll likely get some in buckets. Tropical moisture is set to get pulled north and stick with us Monday and Tuesday. Exact details remain to be determined but those hoping for rain, the signs are in your favor.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

-Chief Meteorologist Sean Parker


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