A sluggish cold front is slowly settling south across the six-state region today and while the front represents the leading edge to drier, comfortable air and delightful weather, the shifting wind from southwest to northwest marking the leading edge of the front is teaming with cold air high in the sky to produce several puffy clouds. Some of the building clouds Thursday midday and afternoon will yield a few new showers, downpours and thunderstorms, though most of that will be confined to communities near and south of the MA Turnpike, where the most humidity lingers. By late evening, even Southeast MA and Cape Cod will be done with any showers, though the flow of new, drier air will stall just a bit and this could allow for some patchy fog in far Southern New England the first part of the night…then an increasing wind will usher in the new air and sweep away most areas of fog. Friday through Sunday look spectacular: dry air, plentiful sunshine, a light wind and mild temperatures. This time of the year, when the land heats up the ocean is still cool and a sea breeze develops – this weekend will be no exception. The expected sea breeze is why we’re forecasting highs in the 70s each day at the beaches before dropping during the afternoon, but 80s inland. The next chance of showers and thunderstorms doesn’t return to New England until Tuesday, with a series of disturbances elevating the chance of showers through midweek, but already looking – at least from this early vantage point – like the weather should improve in time for next weekend. Here’s hoping!