May 22, 2015 11:09 PM
NH1 Weather Insider with Joe Joyce: May 23, 2015
NH1 Chief Meteorologist
A Fall-like feel for the beginning of the unofficial start to summer! Does that make sense? I think so! Breezy WNW winds will dominate Saturday with highs in the Lwr-mid 60's across SNH and 50's and Lwr 60's for the Lakes and Mountains. If you are planning on going for a hike, forest rangers are urging to be prepared and let someone know where you are going to be. Winds will be gusty, especially the higher up you go where gusts over 40 mph will be frequent especially over 2,500 feet. Overall, despite the cooler breezy feel...Saturday will be beautiful with lots of sunshine. A warm will slide through late Saturday night which will help turn the winds from the cooler NW wind direction to the warmer WSW direction for Sunday. High pressure will be sliding south of New England and steer in a warmer airmass with plenty of sunshine Sunday. Highs with be in the 70's near 80 with sunny to partly sunny skies.
Another warm front will approach on Memorial Day. Clouds will be on the increase Monday with partly to mostly cloudy skies. Highs will still be in the 70's and lwr 80's. This warm front could trigger a stray shower, but most of the time I expect Monday to be mostly dry. It is important to remember as celebratory as this weekend is for the arrival of the summer season, it is also a somber time as well. When you think of all the sacrifice of the brave men and women who have died fighting for this country, please find a parade and take a moment to recognize what they have given us all.
Once this warm front lifts through New England, the door will be open for warmer and more humid air to flood into the northeast with a huge upper level ridge in place for much of the eastern half of the nation. It will be a prolonged warm spell which will take us into the the start of June. Widespread 80's are likely for much of next week. We may even give a run to near 90 before the week is through. The dewpoints will be rising into the 60's, so make sure the fans and AC's are ready! The US Drought monitor this week put New Hampshire in a moderate drought with a rainfall deficit of 5-10" below average since march 1st. The outlook for rain is not very promising ahead, but next week will have a chance of a pop up shower or thunderstorm pretty much everyday next week due to the heat and humidity. What we need is a trigger to lift the heat and humidity! A front will be stalled north of NH much of the week, but maybe by the end of the week could sag far enough south to trigger a few more widespread t'storms or downpours. We'll see. Very hit or miss next week in a very warm and humid week ahead! Enjoy the comfortable air this weekend!