Southern New England has been enjoying several weeks of early spring weather, and now the calendar will finally catch up. Spring arrives at 1:14am Tuesday with the Vernal Equinox.
The Vernal Equinox marks the point where the sun’s direct rays cross the equator–marking equal day and night there. Locally, we already have more than 12hrs of daylight—our sunrise this morning was at 6:50am and our sunset is at 6:57pm.
So what will these final hours of Winter 2011-12 bring? Much like the rest of this winter, it will be another day of unseasonably warm temperatures. In fact, it could be record-breaking warmth. Temperatures under a mix of hazy sun and patchy clouds will soar to near 70° inland.
The days ahead will continue to bring warm temperatures… especially in inland areas. The trade-off with the warmth, though, will be patchy dense fog late at night and early each morning. As the fog thins out, hazy sun will allow temperatures to warm quickly. Winds from the southwest off of the cooler ocean waters will keep coastal locations as much as 10 degrees cooler than inland areas.
We’ll have another shot at breaking–actually shattering–the record high temperature on Thursday. I have inland temperatures around 75-80 in the afternoon, while the coast could be in the upper 60s to near 70. The record high on Thursday is 74 from 1948.