Forecast: Cool, pleasant weather underneath high pressure

GFS forecast model showing a high pressure system dominating the weather pattern over the Northeast US through the end of the weekend, with little chance for precipitation.

Stormy and unsettled weather haD become a fact of life in our area over the past few weeks, but the changed weather pattern will bring a much needed respite in activity through the end of the week and this weekend. A dome of high pressure building in over the Eastern US and a fast, progressive pattern in the mid levels of the atmosphere will keep the storminess away for the foreseeable future. Seasonable temperatures are also expected through the weekend, with overnight lows dropping into the 20’s and 30’s inland (warmer near the coast) and daytime highs scraping into the 50’s. No precipitation is expected through this weekend either, with plenty of sun to go around. A free and easy forecast.

Thursday: Partly cloudy, cool, but plenty of sun. High temperatures in the upper 40’s and low 50’s throughout the area. North/northeast winds around 5 to 10 miles per hour.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, cool. Lows in the upper 20’s inland, mid 30’s in the city and near the coast. North winds continue.

Friday: Mostly sunny once again, a bit warmer than the past few days with highs into the lower 50’s (slightly warmer in some locations). North winds continue, though, around 10 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny once again, with high temperatures again reaching into the low to mid 50’s. Much of the same as Friday — with no precipitation expected and just a few clouds.

Looking Ahead: Forecast models have trended weaker and farther out to sea with a potential storm system early next week. The progressive mid level pattern is expected to keep things moving — and not allow the storm to crawl up the coast. We’ll keep a close eye on it, but for now it looks like more dry conditions are expected through early next week with just a chance of some more clouds and unsettled seas with a northeast wind if the storm gets close enough to the area.