Saying this hasn’t been a good weather week would be quite the understatement.  Since the sun went into hiding on Sunday we haven’t really seen much of it.  To make matters worse temperatures are running so cold that it feels like the middle of March not close to the second week of May.

Overall the pattern still looks quite gloomy, but there will be some breaks in the clouds and days with warmer temperatures.  For the weekend, Saturday should be the day with the lowest chance of showers, however even on Saturday some of you are likely going to see some rain, especially early. The timing of the showers for Sunday could change, but morning seems like the wettest period.

If you’re going hiking, biking, or running…

I am considering hiking on Saturday and I know I am going to have to dress in layers.  When the sun pops out it will feel much warmer than the 50s and if there is a quick shower it will become chilly.  Overnight temperatures remain in the 40s Saturday night into Sunday morning.

The risk of showers increases during Sunday morning.  If it’s dry when you get up there will likely be a period of showers through early afternoon. The second part of the day looks to be the best.  Any rain could be briefly heavy.

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If you’re going beaching and boating…

NH Seacoast to Rockland: This isn’t a great beach weekend per se, but it is the weekend with the highest tides of the month.  For those of you putting in rafts and boats this is a good weekend to get that chore done. The higher water levels during high tide make moving heavy docks a lot easier! Showers are likely Sunday morning after 9 a.m and while there’s a chance of them on Saturday, it generally appears to be a dry day.

Belfast to Eastport: Easterly winds on Saturday flip to the south on Sunday before shifting to the west late in the day.  The showers on Sunday may be mostly concentrated to the north.

If you’re playing soccer, softball, baseball, or golf…

Saturday’s forecast: Fields will likely have wet grass as will the golf courses.  Putting greens will be slower in the morning with the heavy droplets on the grass.  Some of the morning games might be affected by showers.  Temperatures will be in the 50s along the coast and near 60 degrees inland.

Sunday’s outlook: The models are a bit divergent with the timing of the showers.  Early morning looks like the driest period.  The showers should arrive and depart between 10 a.m and 2 p.m .  The bottom line, play very early or wait until the rain is done if you don’t want to get wet. I’d stay away from the middle of the day if possible.

If you’re gardening…

The moisture this week will definitely help things grow.  It is likely we are done with frost and this will be a good weekend to put houseplants back outside.  Remember, plants get burned in the strong sunshine so be careful.

If you’re running errands…

Saturday has some showers in the morning, but we will enjoy dry weather for the most part, so you can leave the umbrella in the car.  Sunday morning an area of showers will cross the region and some of the showers could be briefly heavy and create some puddles on the roads.  The showers will exit eastern most Maine by the middle of the afternoon.

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