Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KGYX 251901 AFDGYX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Gray ME 301 PM EDT THU AUG 25 2016 .SYNOPSIS...
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A cold front will slowly cross the region late tonight and Friday. High pressure will build in from the west on Saturday and will shift east of the region on Sunday. A cold front will slowly push east through the region on Monday. High pressure will build in behind the front Monday night through Tuesday. A weak cold front will cross the region during the mid week period.
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&& .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
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Weak cold front will approach from the northwest tonight bringing a few showers and possibly a stray thunderstorm...mainly this evening. Expect areas of fog after midnight. Low temperatures will range through the 60s to near 70 degrees.
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&& .SHORT TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT/...
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Cold front will gradually drop south through the region on Friday. Morning clouds will gradually give way to partly to mostly sunny skies. Heating will generate some modest capes and a few showers and thunderstorms will develop mainly in southern areas as the front pushes through in the afternoon. Highs on friday will range through the 80s to near 90. Cooler and less humid air will filter into the region Friday night as high pressure builds in from the west. Looking for mostly clear skies and light winds overnight. Low temps will bottom out in the lower to mid 50s north and upper 50s to mid 60s south.
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&& .LONG TERM /SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
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Over the weekend high pressure builds in from the north allowing cooler and drier air to filter in. Bubble high pressure develops over the Gulf of Maine bringing the seacoast of NH and possibly southern portions of coastal Maine onshore flow resulting in a partial sea breeze and slightly cooler temperatures there. Overall temperatures will be several degrees cooler across the south and inland areas. Increasing moisture and warmth returns areawide Sunday evening as high pressure shifts east. Expect to see another sea breeze with this one penetrating farther inland. After a low of around 0.60", PW values increase once again to near 1.70" ahead of the next short wave disturbance. Showers should develop Sunday afternoon becoming widespread by Monday morning. The cold front will move through NH and most of western Maine by early afternoon. Bulk shear is not bad but there will little instability so have only included thunderstorms ahead of and along the boundary where forcing for ascent is best. Most locations won`t receive much QPF if any... but with the high moisture in the atmospheric column localized downpours are possible. Another deeper short wave will affect the northeast around midweek. Timing and other details are not in high confidence and ensemble members are in poor agreement after Monday...so have only included isolated showers at this time. Behind the FROPA it does look windy for Wednesday night and Thursday as the pressure gradient tightens between low pressure to the east and high pressure to the west. Cooler air will arrive Thursday as a Canadian airmass noses in from the north.
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&& .AVIATION /18Z THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
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Short Term...Areas of ifr/lifr ceilings/vsby overnight. VFR Friday night and Saturday. Long Term...VFR conditions through the weekend. Lowering clouds expected late Sunday night into Monday morning with MVFR or lower conditions in showers and possibly thunderstorms. This will be a greater threat for HIE AND LEB initially. Improving conditions on Tuesday after some morning fogs.
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&& .MARINE...
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Short Term...Continuing sca`s from this evening through 800 am. Long Term...High pressure crosses the Gulf of Maine this weekend with light winds expected. A cold front will arrive from the northwest Monday morning, though winds with the front should remain below advisory levels.
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&& .GYX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... ME...None. NH...None. MARINE...Small Craft Advisory from 5 PM this afternoon to 8 AM EDT Friday for ANZ150-152-154. && $$ Sinsabaugh/Hanes

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