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Alternating showery, sunny periods ahead; no heat waves in sight

Dave Hayes maintains a daily blog on Facebook (facebook.com/WesternMassWeather), where he produces hyper-local reports, answers questions, and keeps more than 30,000 followers informed and educated about the weather.

Hello and good day to you, southern Green Mountain State dwellers!

We had a super sweet four-day string of mostly sunny days with a few high clouds here and there, which was much needed in typically poor-drainage-prone areas of the region, given the very wet spring (and winter, and autumn, and summer) that preceded it.

For the week ahead we have more showery shots to be sure, but I believe we’ll see some sunshine as well.

For Wednesday, high pressure will build through the region and produce abundant sunshine and calmer winds. Expect highs in the low to mid 70s with lows in the upper 40s as clouds increase at night.

For Thursday, rain moves back into the region thanks to low pressure racing northeast up the Mid-Atlantic coastline during the day. I expect southeastern portions of Windham County to receive a bit more rainfall than northern areas.

It will be anomalously cool for the middle of June, with highs only in the upper 50s in the high terrain north and west, and the low 60s for Brattleboro and the Connecticut River Valley region.

Rain will last all day and into the first part of the evening, and should cease by midnight or so. Expect lows to dip into the upper 40s to low 50s.

For Friday, some scattered showers may linger, but we should see partly sunny skies develop with highs in the low to mid 60s or so. A small improvement in temperatures, but still quite chilly as we near the Summer Solstice. Lows will drop into the upper 40s to low 50s by dawn on Saturday morning.

The weekend period into early next week looks a bit uncertain at the moment. We can expect highs generally to reach into the mid 60s to low 70s, with lows in the 50s. The tricky part of the forecast is how much shower activity will develop during this time.

Strong low pressure looks to develop over southeastern Canada and may lay a west-to-east (i.e. zonal) boundary across southern Vermont. This would set us up for partly sunny skies, as well as periods of showers during this period.

Whatever transpires, it does not look like a washout, except for perhaps Tuesday when humidity will increase substantially ahead of a cold frontal passage. This could bring a few thunderstorms to the region. Have a great week!

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Originally published in The Commons issue #514 (Wednesday, June 12, 2019). This story appeared on page C3.

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