I hit up the outlets in Freeport yesterday afternoon and it was PACKED. Like, Christmas-is-a-week-away packed. It occured to me that this crowd was driven not only by the L.L. Bean megaplex but by the unsettled weather. It wasn't POURING so why go to a movie, but it wasn't nice enough to hit the beach either. Indoor/outdoor combo shopping was a perfect compromise. (Along those lines, is 50% a pair of shoes still a good deal if the original price of the shoes is $248?)
Based on today's weather setup I think more people will feel comfortable committing to entirely indoor activities.
Today: A more universally cloudy and wet day when compared with Saturday. The setup is similar, warm front lingering to our south providing instability, but the boundary has pushed northward just enough to produce more consistent showers and thunderstorms. It still won't classify as a washout due to the intermittent nature of the showers, but most locations will end up getting clipped by at least one sprinkle/showers/thunderstorm by the time the day is over. The coastline will be the darkest with an east wind keeping temperatures in the low 70s and producing a low deck of clouds. The NICEST spot to be in Maine will be far northern areas near Caribou, not only are they far enough away to avoid showers, they will actually see some sunshine. Interior Maine will fall somewhere in between with a few peeks of sunshine but also plentiful cloud cover.
Tonight: Any remaining showers fall apart pretty quickly and we are dry statewide by 11 PM. After that look for rapid clearing from west to east as the warm frontal boundary finally lifts away. Lows will still be mild, in the upper 50s to low 60s.
Monday: Good looking day. High pressure builds down from Canada and provides dry enough air to give us mostly sunny skies. The dew points won't really drop much though, so don't expect that crisp, fall-like air that sometimes comes with these Canadian highs. There is a chance for a pop up shower or thunderstorm in the mountains by the afternoon, but I don't want to oversell this since I think it'll be in the 30% chance range. High temperatures will end up in the upper 70s to low 80s.
Tuesday: With high pressure still in control Tuesday will be pleasant. It won't be AS sunny as Monday but most spots will still end up with a favorable mixture of sun to clouds. Temperatures will stay around 80 F for highs.
Things get a little murky on the computer models after Tuesday. ALL computer models agree that it will remain unsettled through the end of the work week but they don't agree on the timing and strength of the individual disturbances. As such I'm inclined to put a chance of showers in for Wednesday and Thursday and just wait to time out the shower activity for Friday and beyond. All I can say is that based on the overall upper level pattern it's unlike Friday-Sunday will be sunny, dry and pleasant.
So about those shoes...
Would it help justify the price if you saw how rad they are?
No? Nothing? Ok fine.