The Week Ahead: Beneficial rain could help Maine drought

After some foggy mornings this weekend, the moisture sticks around with an opportunity (finally!) for some much needed rain this week. Here’s what to expect in this week’s Total Outlook.MONDAYWe should see plenty of clouds around to start the week Monday with the chance for a few scattered showers, especially in the morning. There will also be patchy fog and drizzle. Highs will be warm in western Maine inland with spots in the upper 70’s, but cooler at the coast in the low 70’s with 60’s along the Midcoast.It will remain muggy through the first half of the week with increased moisture. Monday night will stay mild with lows in the 60’s with mostly cloudy skies and patchy fog again. TUESDAYTuesday will stay mild with highs in the 70’s and mostly cloudy skies. It will also stay muggy as dew points stay in the 60’s. While there may be a spotty shower Tuesday afternoon, most of the day will be dry aside from patchy drizzle at the coast. There’s a better chance for rain late Tuesday night as we head into Wednesday. Lows will only fall into the 60’s again with areas of patchy fog.WEDNESDAYFinally, a day where a widespread steady rain is likely. This is thanks to an approaching front and area of low pressure which will move along that boundary. This type of rain event is what we need in order to help combat the drought conditions across the state. We could see a washout of a day Wednesday with light to moderate rainfall across the area, heaviest in the morning. Highs will be in the 70’s and it will stay muggy with dew points in the 60’s.THURSDAYOn Thursday, it may be a touch cooler with highs in the upper 60’s, but we could see a second batch of steady rain through the first part of the day. We’ll have to watch the timing and track of this to see just how much water we can squeeze out of the atmosphere, but by the time Thursday’s rain ends, we could be looking at 1 to maybe 3″ of rain across parts of the area for totals this week. Dew points should also drop Thursday, ending the muggy feel for the week as cooler, drier air moves in. Lows Thursday night will be back in the 50’s.FRIDAY & THE WEEKENDFriday will be a cooler and drier day, not only in terms of rain, but also in terms of humidity as dew points dip back into the comfortable 40’s and 50’s. At this point, we could see a mix of clouds and sun Friday with highs in the 60’s. Lows will dip back near 50 degreesThe upcoming weekend will be cool as well with highs in the low 60’s and partly sunny skies. Lows will fall back into the 40’s.

After some foggy mornings this weekend, the moisture sticks around with an opportunity (finally!) for some much needed rain this week. Here’s what to expect in this week’s Total Outlook.

MONDAY

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We should see plenty of clouds around to start the week Monday with the chance for a few scattered showers, especially in the morning.

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There will also be patchy fog and drizzle. Highs will be warm in western Maine inland with spots in the upper 70’s, but cooler at the coast in the low 70’s with 60’s along the Midcoast.

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It will remain muggy through the first half of the week with increased moisture.

Monday night will stay mild with lows in the 60’s with mostly cloudy skies and patchy fog again.

TUESDAY

Tuesday will stay mild with highs in the 70’s and mostly cloudy skies. It will also stay muggy as dew points stay in the 60’s.

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While there may be a spotty shower Tuesday afternoon, most of the day will be dry aside from patchy drizzle at the coast. There’s a better chance for rain late Tuesday night as we head into Wednesday.

Lows will only fall into the 60’s again with areas of patchy fog.

WEDNESDAY

Finally, a day where a widespread steady rain is likely.

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This is thanks to an approaching front and area of low pressure which will move along that boundary. This type of rain event is what we need in order to help combat the drought conditions across the state.

We could see a washout of a day Wednesday with light to moderate rainfall across the area, heaviest in the morning. Highs will be in the 70’s and it will stay muggy with dew points in the 60’s.

THURSDAY

On Thursday, it may be a touch cooler with highs in the upper 60’s, but we could see a second batch of steady rain through the first part of the day.

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We’ll have to watch the timing and track of this to see just how much water we can squeeze out of the atmosphere, but by the time Thursday’s rain ends, we could be looking at 1 to maybe 3″ of rain across parts of the area for totals this week.

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Dew points should also drop Thursday, ending the muggy feel for the week as cooler, drier air moves in. Lows Thursday night will be back in the 50’s.

FRIDAY & THE WEEKEND

Friday will be a cooler and drier day, not only in terms of rain, but also in terms of humidity as dew points dip back into the comfortable 40’s and 50’s.

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At this point, we could see a mix of clouds and sun Friday with highs in the 60’s.

Lows will dip back near 50 degrees

The upcoming weekend will be cool as well with highs in the low 60’s and partly sunny skies. Lows will fall back into the 40’s.