Dry Air Hanging on in New England...For Now
Cold Front To Trigger Wednesday Thunder...and Keep Heart of Hurricane Dorian South of New England

Labor Day Showers and Thunder Expand by Afternoon

LKN_SEVERE_OUTLOOK_NEWENG (2)While most of the nation turns eyes to Hurricane Dorian – and we certainly are here at home, as well – there’s weather to follow in our own backyard for our Labor Day.  Our First Alert Weather Team has declared a First Alert for NECN viewers, owing to the threat of severe weather Monday afternoon in New England, with the greatest risk in Connecticut, where a couple of rotating storms may develop, to Western Massachusetts, where locally damaging wind gusts are possible.  As these storms translate east, a few of these storms may create some localized damage for other communities, but the bigger impact will be to slow afternoon and evening Labor Day travel, and drop showers with downpours on afternoon barbeques for most of New England except the far South Shore and Cape Cod, where rain waits until late day and early evening to arrive.  Showers and downpours depart overnight Monday night for a fantastic Tuesday of fair sky and mild air, then a warm wind Wednesday as high temperatures move back into the 80s.  A cold front Wednesday evening will deliver scattered showers and thunder, but the bigger importance of this cold front will be its ability to scoop up Hurricane Dorian from just off the Carolina coastline and keep the brunt of the storm over the ocean, accelerating northeast.  Friday, Dorian makes its closest pass to New England and may brush Southern New England with some rain, but more likely the biggest impact will be to our marine community, with waves building 12 to 18 feet in the waters off our South Coast by late Friday, not only raising a risk for mariners but also rip currents at south-facing beaches. Next weekend looks good, though early fall air will be arriving for the latter half of the exclusive First Alert 10-day forecast.

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