World and Nation

A gradual warm-up is coming next week

Sunny skies and seasonable temperatures are in store for today. These conditions are compliments of a strong high pressure area, which will move through New England and reach the ocean by evening. By tonight, clouds will move in as a developing low pressure center moves northward through the Mid-Atlantic states. This system seems plentiful with moisture, and umbrellas will be needed for Wednesday until the rain ends sometime at night. Minor river flooding in nearby areas may occur but is not likely since most of the winter snowpack has already melted. Temperatures will also be warmer as southerly winds sweep in moist air off the ocean. By St. Patrick’s Day, clear skies and an even warmer air mass will return. A large high pressure area forming near the Carolinas should push highs to near 60°F (16°C) by Friday as well. A steady breeze from the south will maintain the climb in temperatures by that time.