Weather Blog: Sunny weather today as we keep a close watch on Hurricane Dorian

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What a start to Thursday! It doesn’t get much better than this! Check out this capture from our station camera here in Colchester, just before sunrise at 6:20 AM. What beautiful colors!

Other than a few areas of patchy fog early this morning, bountiful sunshine is in the forecast for your Thursday! You might notice it’s a bit cooler as temperatures only climb into the upper 60’s near 70 degrees. For some perspective that’s about 5 degrees cooler than our average high temperature for this time of year (75°)

It’s a beautiful day for Thursday, but we’ll see a few more clouds and the slightest chance for a sprinkle or two on Friday.

Then all eyes turn to Hurricane Dorian: As of 8 AM Dorian is currently a category 3 hurricane with winds sustained at 115 mph. It’s moving to the North at 8 MPH and skirting by the southeastern coast of the U.S. It’s expected to weaken as it heads toward the Carolinas.

It will continue to push out to sea for the most part but not without making a sideswipe at coastal New England. Cape Cod and the Islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are under a Tropical Storm Watch as winds could reach as high as 60 mph with 2-4 inches of rainfall.

Here at home impacts will be minimal from the storm, assuming it stays on the current path. You’ll notice the clouds thicken up overnight Friday and Saturday and a few scattered showers may move in from the outer bands of the storm. Combine that with an upper-level disturbance moving through and we could see a few showers Saturday and Sunday. Not a washout, but it will definitely be a weekend to keep the rain jacket and sunglasses handy.

-Skytracker Meteorologist Haley Bouley

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