Unseasonably warm air – in many cases resulting in record breaking temperatures – pushed into the Northeast this week and reached its peak over New England on Thursday. Just about all of Southern New England away from the south coast saw temperatures in the 90s on Thursday…with some locations reaching the middle 90s and breaking all time May temperatures.
Here on the Cape we benefited from a “cooling” breeze off of Nantucket Sound, but still managed midday and afternoon temperatures in the middle 80s at Falmouth, Hyannis and Provincetown (Chatham peaked in the upper 70s) with numerous unofficial sites climbing to 90F or better.
As for today, we can expect another very warm day for this time of year with temperatures again climbing into the 70s and 80s across the Cape as warm air hangs on for one last day. Sunshine will dominate the day – although as we move into the afternoon hours a cold front will approach the region from the north and we should see a bit of cloudiness pass through the area and there’s an outside shot at a shower or even a thundershower (odds are low but not non-existent).
Behind the cold front winds will shift to the north and northeast and much much cooler air will surge southward across the area. Temperatures in the 70s and 80s this afternoon will fall to the 50s later this evening and drop into the 40s overnight as gusty north winds take hold.
With cool high pressure building to our north tonight and Saturday, and settling over the region for the weekend, we can expect sunny but noticeably cooler temperatures Saturday and Sunday. Expect daytime highs closer to 60F both days, with some Outer Cape spots holding in the upper 50s thanks to a breeze off of the chilly ocean. That said, the weekend, overall, is looking quite nice.