A decent weekend but some showers around

12:27 PM, Jun 21, 2013   |    comments
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Ultimately part of your job as a weatherman (or woman #PCisimportant) is to SELL the forecast. Not in a deceptive or sneaky way, just simply finding the main theme of the upcoming weather and driving that home...hard. That being said, I don't know how to sell this weekend.

It'll be pretty nice, sure, but the theme can't be "everyone head to the beach!" because there will be some shower activity popping up and a sea breeze. Ok, how about "The heat is on!"? Meh, it'll be in the upper 70s to low 80s...borderline, pretty normal really (watch that clip, it'll take a second but it will make sense eventually). The real heat doesn't arrive until Monday. Welp, it's going to be a decently-mild-sometimes-sunny-but-other-times-showery weekend. How's that?

Rest of today: Mostly sunny and pleasant for the vast majority of the state. There are some isolated pop up showers and thunderstorms north of Millinocket that will continue to develop through the afternoon, but even there the activity is scattered. The rest of us will finish out the work week with sunshine and temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s.

Tonight: Mostly clear through the first half of the night with some increasing clouds after 1 AM. Overnight lows will drop into the 50s in most locations so it will be very comfortable sleeping weather (I mention this because by Sunday night it will be AC or bust).

Saturday: Ugh, I hate this forecast. IN GENERAL, we are under the influence of a large Bermuda high pressure system on Saturday...which is good. HOWEVER, it's what I like to call a "dirty ridge" (shut up) which means it allows some showers around its edges. Maine, as it turns out is on its edge. SO here's how I think the day plays out:

Morning: Mostly cloudy in most spots with the exception of far southern Maine. A few showers up towards Greenville and eventually dipping into Bangor.

Midday: A mixture of sun and clouds along the coastline but showers and thunderstorms starting to the develop in the mountains and foothills.

Afternoon: That line of showers and thunderstorms pushes eastward, eventually reaching the coastline by 6-7 PM. At that point the shower activity will be weak.

High temperatures will end up in the mid 70s along the coastline, around 80 F inland.

Sunday: The upper level disturbance responsible for Saturday's showers should dissipate by the second half of the weekend allowing for a mixture of sun and clouds. Temperatures will reach the upper 70s along the coastline with low to mid 80s inland. As it stands Sunday would be the better beach day of the weekend.

The real heat and humidity begins Monday as the Bermuda High (AKA Dirty Ridge) starts cranking winds out of the southwest. Look for highs around 90 F inland by Monday afternoon with mid 80s even along the coastline. The humidity will be very high as well with dew points in the 65 F range (generally over 60 F is considered humid).

There will be a few pop up thunderstorms due to the moisture in the air, but most of us will just bake.

We do it all over again on Tuesday before a backdoor cold front swings through on Wednesday and cools us down fast.

Ok, I'm out.

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