A Few Showers and Storms This Weekend...

May 14, 2021 // Article by: Brad Miller

After a "coolish" work week here in the Northeast, temperatures will finally feel more like mid-May as we head into the upcoming weekend.  And while the majority of Saturday and Sunday will feature dry weather, we will be dodging a few showers and storms as well.  High pressure will slowly slide it's way off the East Coast over the next 48 hours.  This will allow for a more southerly component to the wind in the mid and upper levels of the atmosphere and result in an increase in moisture.  This, combined with a few weak disturbances over the weekend will help trigger isolated to scattered showers and storms.  However, most of the activity (if not all) will occur during the late afternoon hours leaving both Saturday and Sunday mornings dry.  Right now, Sunday afternoon looks to have a better chance for showers and storms, but again, nothing to cancel plans over, just keep an eye on the radar if you will be outside.  Here is a comparison of the simulated radar for Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Forecast Radar for 5 PM Saturday - Courtesy Pivotal Weather

Forecast Radar For 3 PM Sunday - Courtesy Pivotal Weather

While we won't have mid-summer temperatures this weekend, the pattern over the next few days will resemble July or August with these "pop-up" afternoon showers and storms. Rainfall amounts will vary with the showers and most will be on the lighter side, but we can't rule out a localized stronger storm, especially Sunday afternoon. 

Speaking of temperatures, afternoon highs over the weekend will be mainly in the low to mid 70s.  However, coastal locations will likely have the seabreeze kick in duirng the afternoon keeping temps in the 60s.  Here is a look at the forecast 2 PM temperatures for Saturday.

Courtesy Pivotal Weather

Temperatures on Sunday are expected to be similar, but may be just a bit cooler with the increased chance for showers and storms versus Saturday.  So, that's about it for the forecast.  If you like the warm weather, at least we're trending in the right direction and the 80s are not too far off (temps not the decade...LOL).  Anyway, have a great weekend and check back on Monday for a look at the new work week.