Friday & the weekend: Quiet Saturday bookended by unsettled weather

/ May 18, 2023 at 10:47 PM

Friday and Sunday will bookend a nice Saturday with periods of unsettled weather. (Alas, the search for the elusive 2023 rain-free weekend continues.)

Low pressure will be moving up the coast through the day Friday, which may yield a soggy commute for some of us as rain — perhaps heavy at times — moves through the area. Showers and thunderstorms will gradually taper off throughout the day, though, as the aforementioned low pulls away. The erosion of the high pressure wedge should allow temperatures to head into the low 80s in the afternoon as some sunshine starts peeking out again. We’ll need to watch Friday evening’s high tide as well for the potential for some minor salt water flooding (though certainly nothing like we experienced Thursday night as tides topped out at 8.08′ for the first major coastal flood event of the year).

Saturday is the pick day of the weekend. We’ll get the vast majority of it, if not all of it, in rain-free (though there’s a small chance of storms in the late evening if a front times itself a little faster). After starting the day in the mid-60s, highs top out in the mid-80s under partly cloudy skies.

The aforementioned front arrives in the area on Sunday, and shower chances increase as a result. We may hear some rumbles of thunder, too, especially inland where instability is looking a little better. After a muggy start in the upper 60s, highs top out in the low to mid-80s, with shower activity putting limits on how warm it can ultimately get.