A soggy start to the weekend after a record-warm Friday
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) - A picture perfect day across western Mass with record-breaking warmth in Springfield! Westover hit 75 degrees, breaking the previous record of 72, set in 2012. Highs today got into the lower to middle 70s for everyone, with the help of abundant mid-March sunshine. Scattered clouds will be around into the evening and continue to increase tonight. Sunset time today is back to 7pm, which we haven’t seen since September 14th!
Skies become cloudy overnight along with areas of fog. The chance for showers increases after midnight and rain is likely by sunrise. Temperatures remain mild with lows falling into the 40s to near 50-the average low for Springfield is 26!
Periods of rain are on tap Saturday for western Mass, especially through the morning. Later in the afternoon, we may see a lull, but skies remain cloudy. Temperatures won’t be nearly as warm as Friday, but mid-50s are still likely along with a southeasterly breeze. A cold front will push through later Saturday night with a chance for a downpour and rumble of thunder. Severe weather should remain well west of our area.
An upper level trough sits over New England Sunday, keeping our weather slightly unsettled. A spot shower is possible Sunday afternoon and evening, with the best chances in the Berkshires. It will be a breezy day with wind out of the west-northwest, which will help warm the valley much more than the Berkshires, which remain in the 40s. Lower valley temps may approach 60 with partly sunny skies.
Blustery and dry early next week as we are in between high pressure to our south and strong low pressure to our northeast. Wind gusts may hit 30mph at times both Monday and Tuesday. Skies look mostly sunny to partly cloudy and we turn colder at night with lows back below freezing by Tuesday morning. Cooler mid-week with building clouds ahead of our next storm. Low pressure looks to track northwest of us, so rain is most likely for Thursday with some mixing possible in the hill towns. Still a lot of uncertainty at this time with details.
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