Cloudy and Showery South; Threat of Another Frost North Tonight
An area of low pressure passing south of the state this afternoon has led to cloudy skies and showery weather for the southern half of the state, including the South coast and Midcoast regions. Temperatures are stuck mainly in the mid to upper 40's in this part of the state due to a stiff ENE wind off of the ocean, overcast skies, and an approaching upper-level trough centered over the Eastern Great Lakes.
Meanwhile, in the northern part of the state where skies are partly to mostly sunny, temperatures are warmer in the upper 50's to lower 60's. Tonight we will continue to see a chance for showers in the southern part of the state, favoring areas from Portland south. The skies look to stay mainly clear with light winds expected across the far northern areas, including parts of Aroostook County. This means that there is a threat of another frost tonight in those areas!
Rainy Tomorrow and Memorial Day
During the day tomorrow, clouds will likely overspread the rest of the state from S to N. Rain will move in from the south associated with an upper-level low moving towards our area from the Southeast US. Southern areas should see the rain move in by late morning with northern parts of the state seeing rain by evening.
Unfortunately, Memorial Day is likely going to be a rainy one across much of the state. Southern areas of the state may see the rain taper off by the afternoon; however, it will still be chilly with many areas still stuck in the 40's and 50's. Expect a general 0.5" to 2" of rain (locally higher or lower) from this system when all is said and done which will be very beneficial given that some areas of Maine were abnormally dry preceding this event.
Drier and Warmer After the Holiday
Except for some scattered showers, Tuesday should be dry across the state with more seasonable temperatures in the 60's and lower 70's. This is thanks to high pressure moving into our area from the west. Wednesday should feature abundant sunshine with above average temperatures expected for most. We may see the return of rain to the forecast later next week. Stay tuned for more updates!
Temperature Outlook through the First Week of June
The bar graphs below display the projected daily high and low temperatures for the next ten days for Waterville, Bangor, Caribou, and Portland. After a chilly holiday weekend, all locations in Maine look to experience a general warming trend back to more seasonable temperatures this upcoming week. For reference, many locales in the state see a climatological high of around 70°F and a low of around 50°F during the first week of June. The steady warming trend looks to continue later in the week and into next weekend with the return of above to well above average temperatures likely and projected temperatures in the 80's for many locations in the state.
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