We had a wonderful round of heavy showers move through most of the area late this afternoon. Most received 1/4 to 1/2 inch of rain. There was some lightning too as a couple of thunderstorms developed. No severe weather this time.
The rain today will help. It will quell the brush fire threat, lower pollen counts for at least a short time, give a drink to the lawns and garden, and dampen the diamonds for weekend baseball and softball games. Another round of showers may move in with the passage of a cold front between 9 pm and midnight. Be ready with the umbrella just in case.
Dew point temperatures reached 60 this evening! Whenever the reach above 60, the air feels a bit less comfortable. We say it's 'humid' or 'muggy', but that's not always technically the case. It has to do with your body's ability to stay cool. When dew points go above 60, it's more difficult for us to do that. So, we feel uncomfortable and 'sticky'. Dew points were near 10 a few times this week which is desert-like. Now, we're getting a summer preview. I even smelled the aroma of that summer rain today!
Get out and enjoy weather this weekend through Monday because a harsh cool-down is heading at us by Tuesday lasting into Wednesday as a northeast wind delivers some air from the Canadian maritimes that will travel across the cool, damp Gulf of Maine.
Meteorologist Nick Morganelli
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