Lexington Weather

Lexington, Massachusetts, USA

8/8/2022 5:35pm 
  • Lexington Conditions: Partly cloudy
  • Temperature: 90.7°F / 32.6°CColder 2.7°F than last hour.
  • Dew Point: 74.3°FDecreased 0.5°Fsince last hour.
  • Relative Humidity: 59%Increased 4.0% since last hour.
  • Wind: Wind from SSE SSE Calm, 10-min avg: 2 mph, gust: 12 mph
  • Barometer: 29.79 in Steady
  • Visibility: 10 miles
  • Rain Today: 0.00 in
Southeast Middlesex County, MA - Heat Advisory

Area Forecast Discussion
for Boston / Norton, MA

FXUS61 KBOX 052320

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Boston/Norton MA
720 PM EDT Fri Aug 5 2022

Heat and humidity will be the main weather story right into 
early next week. Heat Advisories have been extended through the
weekend and the threat of isolated to scattered thunderstorms
will remain possible as well. It may be Tuesday, or later, 
before this heat and oppressive humidity finally breaks in a 
significant way.


720 PM Update...

The threat for storms have dwindled across the region. A very 
isolated weak thunderstorm is possible over the next two to 
three hours, but that threat remains low. There is an area of 
light to moderate rain pushing over Cape Cod Bay and the Outer 
Cape, those showers continues to moves east slowly this evening.

See previous forecast discussion below. 


* Muggy with fog developing overnight...locally dense 

Otherwise, generally dry weather expected later tonight but it 
will be quite muggy with an anomalous upper level ridge off the 
mid-Atlantic coast. Weak surface ridging will also result in 
light to calm winds tonight. This coupled with the high 
dewpoints in place and pockets of wet ground from today/s 
activity will likely lead to areas of fog. In fact...some of the
fog may become locally dense overnight. Low temps will only 
drop to between 70 and 75 in most locations with humidity too.



* Heat & Humidity Continue Sat...Heat Headlines Extended
* Widely scattered diurnal t-storms again Sat, mainly NW of I-95


The overall hot and humid weather pattern will continue on
Saturday. This is being driven by an anomalous upper level ridge
of 596+ DM off the mid-Atlantic coast. 850T are still on the
order of +17C/+18C and given the warm start should see high
temps top off in the lower 90s in many locations away from the
very immediate south coast. A few locations may even see highs
reach the middle 90s. Regardless...the main story will be the
oppressive humidity given dewpoints near 70. This will allow heat
indices to reach between 95 and 102 degrees. Heat Advisories
have been extended for the entire region; excluding Nantucket
and Block Island.

The other issue will be for diurnally driven isolated to
scattered thunderstorms. A weakly capped environment coupled 
with Cape values of 1500-2500 J/KG will support isolated to 
scattered activity Saturday afternoon into the first half of the
evening. Main risk will probably be northwest of I-95 and 
especially further back to the north and west since they will be
somewhat further removed from the upper level ridging off the 
mid- Atlantic coast. Activity will be hit or miss and many 
locations will remain dry given the lack of synoptic scale 
forcing. In addition...the overall severe weather threat will be
rather limited given very weak wind fields. However, Pwats near
2 inches along with the slow movement of any activity will 
result in a localized heavy rainfall/very localized street 
flooding risk.

Saturday night...

Isolated to scattered thunderstorms should again wind down
during the evening with the loss of daytime heating and very
limited synoptic scale forcing. Otherwise...a strong upper 
level ridging off the mid-Atlantic coast will continue to result
a very mild and muggy Saturday night. Overnight low temps will
only bottom out in the lower to middle 70s. There will be a bit
more of a southwest flow in the boundary layer Saturday night.
This should limit the threat for much fog except near the
immediate south coast.



* Oppressive heat and humidity continues through early next week. 
  There is the chance for isolated showers and thunderstorms daily. 
* A slow-moving cold front could bring much needed rainfall to 
  portions of the region by later next week, but timing and areal 
  coverage remain uncertain at this time. 


Bermuda High continues to hold strong this weekend and support a 
deep southwest flow pattern into southern New England. As a result, 
above normal temperatures and humid conditions will persist. Whether 
individual locations meet the criteria for a heatwave, which is 
three consecutive days of 90 deg, the combination of air temperature 
and dew points in the mid 60s to mid 70s will yield heat indices in 
the mid 90s to low 100s. The elevated dew points also means muggy 
and uncomfortable nights. Current heat headlines will likely be 
extended with future forecast packages for this weekend, and perhaps 
into Cape Cod and the Islands. 

Precipitation wise, weak upper level short wave will bring some 
cloudiness and a chance for isolated showers and thunderstorms. 
While there will be sufficient instability for convection, little to 
no deep-layer shear will suppress severe thunderstorm development. 
However, abundant deep layer moisture and weak boundary layer winds 
could support slower moving thunderstorms with localized, brief 
heavy downpours. Unfortunately, short of widespread soaking 
rainfall, there will barely put a dent in the deteriorating drought 
situation, where the eastern half of our CWA is now in D2 severe 
drought category according to the US Drought Monitor. 

Monday into Friday...

No notable air mass change as we enter the new work week so high 
heat and humidity continues with a trend towards somewhat more 
seasonable temps later in the work week. For reference, typical 
highs for the second week of August are in the low to mid 80s. For 
those tired of the heat and humidity, we may get a reprieve sometime 
in the mid to late week time frame. But there remains plenty of 
uncertainty with regards to the timing. CIPS analog indicates that 
there is a somewhat better chance for stronger thunderstorms in the 
Tuesday or Wednesday time frame, but that is contingent on the 
strength and progression of the cold front. Given the plenty of 
uncertainty, mainly stuck to blended guidance for this part of the 
forecast.  While there may seem to be no end in sight to this heat, 
the good news is that we are now past the climatologically warmest 
time of the year and cooler days are not far away.


Forecaster Confidence Levels:

Low - less than 30 percent. 
Medium - 30 to 60 percent. 
High - greater than 60 percent.

00z TAF Update...

Tonight...High Confidence.

Main threat for storms has ended. Otherwise...the main concern 
will be for areas of fog developing later tonight which may be 
locally dense in the typically prone spots. The threat for 
widespread low clouds though will probably be confined to areas 
near the south coast with the best shot at Nantucket. Winds 
becoming Light/Calm tonight except more from the SW at 5-10 
knots across the Cape and Islands.

Saturday...High Confidence.

Mainly VFR once the areas of fog burnoff shortly after sunrise.
However, isolated to widely scattered showers/t-storms will be
possible in the afternoon with the greatest risk in northern MA
and interior southern New England. S-SW winds 10 to 15 knots,
but there may be a couple hour window for sea breezes across the
eastern and especially northeast MA coast. Any sea breezes
should be overcome as the day wears along.

Saturday night...High Confidence. 

Mainly VFR and think the main threat for low clouds/fog will be
confined to areas near the south coast, Cape and Islands. Winds
will be from the WSW 5-10 knots. 

KBOS...Moderate Confidence in TAF. 

KBDL...Moderate Confidence in TAF.

Outlook /Sunday through Wednesday/...

Saturday Night: Mainly VFR, with local MVFR possible. Breezy.
Slight chance SHRA, isolated TSRA.

Sunday: Mainly VFR, with areas MVFR possible. Breezy. Chance

Sunday Night: Mainly VFR, with local MVFR possible. Breezy.
Slight chance SHRA.

Monday: Mainly VFR, with areas MVFR possible. Breezy. Chance
SHRA, isolated TSRA.

Monday Night through Tuesday: Mainly MVFR, with local IFR
possible. Breezy. Chance SHRA.


Forecaster Confidence Levels:

Low - less than 30 percent. 
Medium - 30 to 60 percent. 
High - greater than 60 percent.

Tonight through Saturday night...High Confidence.

Upper level ridging off the mid-Atlantic coast will maintain a
S-SW wind of 10 to 15 knots with perhaps some 20 knot wind gusts
developing Sat into Sat night. Thinking is though winds/seas
will remain below small craft advisory thresholds through
Saturday night. We will have to watch for areas of fog...mainly
during the overnight into mid morning hours in the southern

Outlook /Sunday through Wednesday/... 

Saturday Night: Winds less than 25 kt. Seas locally approaching
5 ft. Slight chance of rain showers, isolated thunderstorms. 

Sunday: Low risk for Small Craft Advisory winds with gusts up
to 25 kt. Areas of seas approaching 5 ft. 

Sunday Night: Low risk for Small Craft Advisory winds with
gusts up to 25 kt. Seas up to 5 ft. Slight chance of rain

Monday: Winds less than 25 kt. Areas of seas approaching 5 ft.
Slight chance of rain showers, isolated thunderstorms. 

Monday Night: Winds less than 25 kt. Seas up to 5 ft. Chance of
rain showers, isolated thunderstorms. 

Tuesday: Winds less than 25 kt. Seas up to 5 ft. Chance of rain


CT...Heat Advisory until 8 PM EDT Sunday for CTZ002>004.
MA...Heat Advisory until 8 PM EDT Sunday for MAZ002>023-026.
     Air Quality Alert until 11 PM EDT this evening for MAZ007-015-
RI...Heat Advisory until 8 PM EDT Sunday for RIZ001>007.


NEAR TERM...Frank/Gaucher

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