Saturday was a fantastic, sunny day for our Feed Maine drive and I want to thank everyone who came out to donate. The generosity of Mainers continues to amaze me even though I've been here a few years now. (A sign of progress: No one mistook me for Pat Callaghan's son/assistant/makeup boy/chauffeur this year.)
Sunday will be almost a carbon copy weather-wise. High pressure remains in control until Wednesday afternoon...that will be the next chance of rain for most of us.
Today: Mostly sunny. The warmest spots in the state will be the mountains and northern Maine, they will hit between 75 and 80 F. Meanwhile the immediate coastline will struggle in the upper 50s due to (stop me if you've heard this before) the sea breeze.
Tonight: Computer models are indicating some low level moisture tonight trapped under what we called a temperature inversion. In short I expect partly cloudy skies with some fog developing late in the evening. Along the immediate coastline skies might end up more like mostly cloudy as a stratus deck develops. Lows will be in the upper 30s to around 40.
Monday: The morning stratus along the coastline will burn off quickly and most of the state will turn mostly sunny. However, a weak front will dip into northern and western Maine by the afternoon creating some additional cloud cover there and even a short lived sprinkle in the higher terrain. The vast majority of us will see a mostly sunny day, but this little variation was worth mentioning given the overall quiet pattern.
Tuesday: A mixture of sun and clouds with a weak disturbance nearby generating some fair weather cumulus through the afternoon. It should be quite mild still with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s widespread.
The ridge of high pressure that has been parked over us for 8 days now will finally loosen its grip on Maine on Wednesday afternoon so look for clouds to increase with a chance of a late afternoon rain shower.
Thursday and Friday will feature mostly cloudy skies with scattered showers as an upper level low spins over the state.
Still, the total rainfall looks to be under 1/2" for both days combined, meaning most of the time it will be dry but just cloudy.
Big picture: Our pattern will become more progressive and normal into next week allowing for more chances of rain and more temperature variation.