The showers at the beginning of the week will not be enough to break the drought


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A child sheltered under an umbrella as rain fell in Malden on Monday. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Team

As one of my Twitter followers told me: rain this summer is a bit like a unicorn. Waiting for showers is a bit like Linus sitting in the pumpkin patch on Halloween. Eventually it’s going to rain enough to break the drought, but boy has it been a long time.

Today’s rain is due to what we call a warm front. This dividing line separates the tropical air from what we had above us this weekend.

As tropical air moves north, it will create lift. It is this lift that produces clouds and showers. The tips we all use show that almost everyone gets at least some rain.

The showers at the beginning of the week will not be enough to break the drought
The rain was moving north Monday morning but was struggling to stay organized as it approached areas north of Mass Pike. – COD TIME

In fact, there’s a chance that many will end up with heavy downpours, seeing more than half an inch of rain. However, the main area is not solid and the gaps between heavier showers mean that some of you will see much less rain.

Over the weekend an area near Worcester received nearly 2 inches of rain, but this was an exception. The drought is definitely in place, of course, but there are pockets that have received enough rain and it’s not as bad.

The showers at the beginning of the week will not be enough to break the drought
The Salem Common was still green despite the drought this weekend. –DAVE EPSTEIN

I spent some time in Salem over the weekend, and the township looks much better than some of the other inland areas. Of course, it’s cooler on the coast and there were a few more showers in the area.

By 7 p.m. Monday, whatever rain falls will be down for the day. The good news for those looking for a bit more rain is that there is another chance on Tuesday. A cold front will approach the region in the afternoon. We will be in the warm, humid air mass with scattered showers and thunderstorms moving south to north.

Tomorrow’s rain could be accompanied by a few thunderstorms. Again, there will be those of us whose municipalities will be soaked and others who will not see any rain. While not impossible, I think it’s unlikely that everyone reading this won’t get rain by Tuesday evening. The bottom line: These rains will not alleviate the drought.

The showers at the beginning of the week will not be enough to break the drought
Wednesday brings a return of warm conditions with lots of sunshine. –NOAA

Beyond Tuesday, it’s time to take advantage of the good weather. It will be a beautiful time from Wednesday through the weekend, with plenty of sunshine, moderate humidity levels and temperatures in the 80s.

A few inland areas could reach 90 on Thursday and Friday, but we won’t see extreme heat. Nonetheless, these temperatures are still well above our 30-year average, which is typically in the upper 70s to lower 80s at this time of year.

The showers at the beginning of the week will not be enough to break the drought
Warm conditions are expected through the end of August in the northeast. –NOAA

Daily local weather forecast

  • Today
    August 22


    Rain

  • Tue
    August 23


    Thunderstorms

  • Marry
    August 24


    Intermittent clouds

    Intermittent clouds

    85°
    68°

  • Game
    August 25


    Quite sunny

  • Fri
    August 26


    Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms

    Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms

    86°
    68°

  • Sat
    August 27


    Intermittent clouds

    Intermittent clouds

    78°
    65°

  • Sun
    August 28


    Intermittent clouds

    Intermittent clouds

    82°
    64°



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