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Finally, some lasting sunny and dry weather

The dreary and wet fall is finally taking a long-awaited hiatus from perpetual deluge. If anytime over the past 3 months you felt the sun had deserted Boston and run off to frolic in the tropics, you weren’t exactly wrong. September through November featured about 50 percent more cloudy days than normal. November was also the cloudiest since 1951, featuring overcast midday skies nearly 70 percent of the time. The persistent, record-breaking rains didn’t improve things either. But finally we can at last put it all behind us and look forward to continued sunshine! This weekend will feature clear skies, cold air, and relatively light winds. If you can, take some time during this stressful period and enjoy it! Next week, we can look forward to continued calm weather, slightly above average temperatures, and below average precipitation. If you can’t get enough of the clouds and rain (or snow), don’t worry! They’ll surely return soon, most likely late next week.

Looking beyond New England, the northern half of the U.S. will enjoy much of the same calm weather that Boston will as high pressure dominates. The mid-South and Southeast could see their first winter weather event of the season on Sunday as a low pressure system dumps snow into the Carolinas. California and the Pacific Northwest will continue to receive significant precipitation from a continuous a train of landfalling low pressure systems — a welcome respite from the disastrous and deadly fire season and what many hope will be the beginning of a wet winter that precludes more fires next year.

Extended forecast: 
Today: Partly cloudy. High around 40 °F (4 °C). Winds west at 5–10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low around 31 °F (-1 °C). Winds SW at around 10 mph.
Tomorrow: Sunny. High around 38 °F (3 °C). Low around 18 °F (-8 °C). Winds W at 10–15 mph.
Saturday: Sunny. High around 29 °F (-2 °C). Low around 21 °F (-6 °C).
Sunday: Sunny. High around 36 °F (2 °C).