May 24, 2017 4:22 PM
NH1 First Alert Weather: Rain arrives Thursday
Any early sunshine on Thursday will fade as clouds thicken and increase ahead of our next storm. Showers will arrive in southern New Hampshire around midday Thursday, gradually moving north and east during the day. Highs on Thursday will only be in the upper 50s to around 60 degrees.
Rain will become heavier overnight into Friday morning, with downpours in spots.
The center of the storm will track offshore near Cape Cod, staying well south of the Granite State. This means the heaviest rain Thursday night and Friday will be from southern and eastern New Hampshire into Maine.
Rain will taper to showers Friday afternoon, but it will remain damp and cool with highs only in the 50s. In total, many areas will pick up close to an inch of rain, and some spots could approach 1.5 inches near the coast.
There is some reason to be optimistic about the weekend. The exact timing of an incoming disturbance is still uncertain, and may change some over the next 24 hours. Saturday looks to be the driest and warmest day with highs in the 70s inland, 60s along the coast with a seabreeze.
Sunday will start to turn cooler and cloudier as the next system approaches. Temperatures at the coast may be even cooler; highs only in the lower half of the 60s with a stronger onshore wind. If clouds come in fast enough, inland towns may stay in the 60s. Most of the rain should hold off until later in the day or at night.
Some showers are likely to move through Monday morning, but we may start to dry out some Monday afternoon. Check back for updates on the timing of the rain over the next few days.