Jun 29, 2015 11:46 PM

NH1 Weather Insider: Where did summer go?

NH1 Chief Meteorologist - NH1.com

The last day of June is here and many of us are asking where did Summer go? Did it even start? My advice is to stop wishing for the weather to be perfect and enjoy every summer day there is...because the season is quickly moving along in case you have not noticed! June is now in the books and it goes down as a wet month with over 5" of total rainfall for the month. Exactly what we needed to provide relief to lawns and gardens after a dry spring, and moderate drought conditions. Temperatures have averaged slightly below the norm as well. We did not hit 90 in June and only had 3 days above 85 degrees. Either way, when you see the record breaking heat happening in the western half of the nation, and the persistent humidity in the south, we are in no position to complain about our lack of heat. But we can complain about the rain this past weekend...and we certainly do NOT want another one of those! Rainfall totals to 2-4" of rain in localized spots on Sunday with temperatures in the 50's! No thank you! Not what we are looking for!

We are looking for sunshine that will be in place, at least for the first half of Tuesday. Weak high pressure slides over us making for a bright start to the day with highs climbing into the upper 70's and Lwr 80's. Clouds will increase and become mostly cloudy during the afternoon with the slight risk of a late day shower. This is part of a decaying low west of New England. Humidity will increase on Tuesday ahead of an approaching cold front which will slide through on Wednesday. This cold front will trigger scattered showers and even the slight risk of a few afternoon thunderstorms. The Severe Storms Prediction Center has western New Hampshire in a marginal(small) risk for severe storms Wednesday. So there is a potential for a few stronger storms to form which could come with some small hail or gusty winds...but at this point it does not look too impressive. The biggest afternoon threat would be the potential for heavy downpours IMO.

Once this front kicks through, drier air will be on the move with building high pressure sliding back into the Northeast. Also a flattening of the flow across the Northeast of the Jetstream all point to quiet pleasant weather in place with slightly warmer temperatures, light winds and low humidity. It really looks quite nice for the entire July 4th weekend. But it is early! It is just too early to make promises especially with a weekend of such importance. Still, I am leaning very optimistic for some amazing weather just in time for the weekend.

I am concerned of little waves of low pressure tracking along a stalled front south of New England. If one of these tracks a little farther north than expected, we could be dealing with a period of more clouds and the risk for a few showers...but for now...I just don't see it. Expect sunshine Friday-Sunday with highs in the upper 70's and Lwr 80's...maybe even some mid 80's by Sunday! Can this perfect forecast hold this far out...so far away? I say YES! But that is the eternal optimist in me speaking! Time to take summer by the bootstraps and get busy living!

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