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000 FXUS61 KBOX 261944 AFDBOX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Taunton MA 344 PM EDT Mon Jun 26 2017 .SYNOPSIS... Additional upper level disturbances move across New England early tonight and later Tuesday, bringing a few showers and isolated thunderstorms. The greater threat will be on Tuesday. A warming trend begins for the latter half of the week with a return to summer heat and humidity Friday and Saturday. A warm front may bring some showers and some thunderstorms Thursday night, with more showers and thunderstorms possible Friday through the weekend. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM TUESDAY MORNING/... Scattered showers and isolated thunder will be possible through the evening as a weak shortwave passes to our north. Stability parameters are marginal for thunder, but enough to include a mention. Best chance will be in areas north of the Mass Pike. Convection diminishes early tonight. Expect quiet weather overnight. Of note, the GFS develops an area of showers around midnight between Washington and Philadelphia, then moves it up through NYC into Southern New England by 12Z. The ECMWF and NAM show nothing, as does the SPC HRRR. The GGEM shows nothing to our south but develops a few hundredths over Southern CT by 12Z. Inclination is to treat the GFS pcpn as an outlier. Dew points in the 50s again tonight, so expect similar min temps... 50s and lower 60s. && .SHORT TERM /6 AM TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT/... Sharp shortwave over the Great Lakes today moves through the cyclonic flow. One part ejects across NY and Northern New England Tuesday afternoon/evening, while the main portion crosses our area late Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. We remain on the edge of the cold pool Tuesday, but close enough to expect mid level lapse rates of 6.5 to 7C/Km during the afternoon and early night. Going along with this will be Totals in the lower 50s and LI values below zero, as well as SBCAPE values of 500-1000 J/Kg. Theta-E values show a ridge over CT during the afternoon/evening. Expect scattered showers/tstms during the afternoon and early night. Winds aloft show some support for a few strong or damaging storms. Winds at 850 mb will be 20-30 knots during Tuesday afternoon, although this is forecast to move offshore by evening. Winds at 500 mb are forecast at 50-60 knots during Tuesday afternoon, but also move offshore by evening. Timing of this wind and of the shower/tstm development may be the determining factor in how strong these storms may get. The mixed layer is expected to reach near 850 mb, where winds as noted above will be 20 to 30 knots. Our forecast includes gusts on the lower half of that range, but slightly higher values are possible. With the main shortwave moving through during Tuesday night, and with the upper cold pool moving overhead, expect a continued chance of showers/storms Tuesday night. If mixing reaches 850 mb it will work on temps of 8-10C, which suggests max sfc temps of 75 to 80. If mixing goes a little higher, such as to 800 mb, then max sfc temps would be more centered around 80. No change in the airmass Tuesday night compared with tonight, so expect similar min temps. && .LONG TERM /WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY/... Highlights... * Pleasant Wednesday with low risk of a shower * Heat and Humidity return Friday thru Sunday * Thunderstorm chances increase Thursday night through Sunday Details... Wednesday... An area of high pressure passes to our south, and model soundings show quite dry airmass in place with precipitable water around 0.75 inch. Models show a short wave moving thru the area, then modest mid level ridging develops later in the day. Anticipating development of diurnal cumulus clouds, overall partly to mostly sunny skies. Guidance continues to show very little QPF on Wednesday. Can`t rule out a few pop-up showers during the afternoon since low level lapse rates are steep, however for much of the area, the day should stay dry. Highs mainly in the 70s with dew points dropping to 45-50 in the afternoon. Dry conditions expected Wednesday night with any isolated diurnal showers coming to an end early. Winds aloft will begin to turn more to the southwest by Wednesday night with warm air advection, which should bring some increase in clouds. Overnight lows mainly upper 50s to low 60s. Thursday... Surface high pressure slides offshore, meanwhile low pressure tracking east thru the Great Lakes Region pushes a warm front northeastward across southern New England. As we end up in the warm sector, increasing heat and humidity will occur. Increasing moisture will result in more clouds, and the potential for showers and thunderstorms. Highest probability for precipitation would be across the northern half of our area, continuing with likely pops there. Chance pops further to the south. Could see gusty winds with any thunderstorms and/or if sun breaks out for awhile and allows good mixing, potential gusts 25 to 30 mph or so. With zonal flow and both 850mb isotherms and winds becoming parallel, appears that any convection that generates across upstate NY could track eastward into southern New England. Will continue the chance for showers/thunderstorms into Thursday night. More abundant cloud cover coupled with high surface dew points will keep lows in the 60s. Friday thru Sunday... Continue to anticipate an unsettled weather pattern for this timeframe, influenced by broad upper trough to near zonal flow, with periodic short waves passing thru our area, and areas of surface low pressure moving thru the flow and to our north. Southern New England remains in the warm sector until later Sunday, with heat and humidity. Models continue to indicate during Fri night/Saturday that a back door cold front should remain to our north. Thus the potential for 90 degree high temps returns for both Friday and Saturday. Chance for showers and thunderstorms each day. Difficult to place the exact timing and location of any strong storms during Friday and Saturday. During Sunday models indicate a cold front pushing thru the area, which would be a trigger additional showers and thunderstorms. The potential for strong thunderstorms appears possible each day during this period. One caveat to watch is the subtropical ridge. If this ridge moves closer, it may keep portions of the area dry. Monday... With cold front possibly to the east, drier airmass should build into the area. Some uncertainty here whether the day is dry or whether a short wave can bring some diurnal showers to the area. Will have slight chance to low chance pops. && .AVIATION /20Z MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/... Forecaster Confidence Levels... Low - less than 30 percent. Moderate - 30 to 60 percent. High - greater than 60 percent. Short Term /through Tuesday Night/...High confidence. This evening and tonight... VFR. Scattered to broken cumulus with bases 5000-6000 feet. Scattered showers and isold t-storms in the interior, mainly along/north of the Mass Pike. Showers and tstms should diminish during the early night. Tuesday... VFR. Scattered to broken cumulus with bases 5000-6000 feet. Scattered showers and thunderstorms expected from midday through the first part of Tuesday night. Showers and storms may bring briefly lower conditions, mainly vsbys 3-5 miles in heavier showers. Southwest winds will gust to at least 20 knots and possibly as high as 30 knots. KBOS Terminal...High confidence in TAF. KBDL Terminal...High confidence in TAF. Outlook /Wednesday through Saturday/... Thursday...Moderate confidence. Mainly VFR. Afternoon showers possible in the interior with showers/t-storms possible all SNE Thu night. Gusty SW winds to 25-30 kt developing. Friday...Moderate confidence. Patchy early morning stratus and fog, especially south coastal MA/RI, with local MVFR. Then VFR, except local IFR in possible thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon and evening hours. Saturday...Moderate confidence. VFR, except local IFR in possible thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon and evening hours. Also IFR ceilings/fog possible south coastal MA/RI. && .MARINE... Forecaster Confidence Levels... Low - less than 30 percent. Moderate - 30 to 60 percent. High - greater than 60 percent. Short Term /through Tuesday Night/...High confidence. Winds and seas mostly below Small Craft Advisory thresholds through the period with SW flow. A few gusts to 20 knots expected with potential for a few gusts to 25 knots especially nearshore. Outlook /Wednesday through Saturday/... Wednesday...High confidence. Winds and seas below SCA. Gusts to 20 kt possible nearshore waters and along southern outer coastal waters. Thursday...Moderate confidence. Small craft advisories will likely be needed. Increasing and persistent SW winds with gusts around 25 kt probable, and gusts 30 kt possible, especially over nearshore waters. Building seas may reach 5 to 7 ft over southern outer coastal waters Thu night. Friday...Moderate confidence. Persistent SW winds continue, with potential gusts 25-30 kt. Seas of 5 to 7 feet may linger on the southern outer coastal waters. Scattered thunderstorms, some with reduced visibilities and strong gusty winds. Saturday...Moderate confidence. SW/S winds continue, with gusts 20- 25 kts. Seas 4-6 feet may linger on outer coastal waters. && .BOX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... CT...None. MA...None. RI...None. MARINE...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...WTB/NMB NEAR TERM...WTB SHORT TERM...WTB LONG TERM...NMB AVIATION...WTB/NMB MARINE...WTB/NMB is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.