Mar 26, 2016 12:01 AM
NH1 Chief Meteorologist
High pressure is building in just in time for the Easter Holiday weekend. Plenty of sunshine Saturday with highs climbing to near 50 to 55 farther inland, but across eastern NH, especially near the coast temperatures will be cooler thanks to an wind off the 43 degree ocean water. High pressure will wrap in an ENE wind Saturday helping to keep temps in the Lwr-mid 40's at the beach. Low clouds will start to back in off the water later Saturday night and early Sunday with this persistent onshore wind. Easter Sunday may start off a bit cloudy at the coast, with brighter skies inland. Sunday will be another great day with highs in the Lwr-mid 50's farther inland, but temps will still be stuck in the mid 40's right at the coast with winds shifting to the SE. Looking upon this weekend, all outdoor activity will be wonderful from late season skiing to early season golf to Easter egg hunts. It looks like the beaches may have to wait a bit longer for the sun bathers to arrive. Perfect time of year for the dog walkers!
A wave of low pressure will be approach from the Great Lakes Monday and tracking right through New England. This will come with a period of rain. In fact, most of Monday at this point is looking a bit rainy with breezy winds from the SE ahead of the low pressure center. Breezy NW winds will shift in behind the departing low with sunshine returning Tuesday with a seasonal airmass with highs in the 40's. We will warm right back into the 50's by Wednesday, and then into the 60's by Thursday. We may even approach near 70. We will likely end the week with the risk of a few shower later Thursday into Friday.
All signs are pointing to a chilly start to the month of March across the Northeast. The Polar Vortex high above our heads and usually up in Canada will push a bit farther south and direct unseasonally cold air back into the Great Lakes and the Northeast from April 3rd through April 10th. A deep trough will be in places across the Northeast due to this plunge of cold air Arctic air. This is a kind of pattern which could get a few lows tracking up the coast, and with the available cold air in place...the possibility of an April snow? It's possible. Stay tuned for that...that is some ultra long range forecasting and we know how that can go! But a colder pattern to kick off April is definitely happening! Soak up any warmth you can, because we are still in Spring training. Mother Nature wants to practice her curve ball!
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