Finally! Baseball season is here, and for the first time in seven years, the Red Sox are starting the season at home in the friendly confines of Fenway Park. The American League East Champions will face the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday afternoon in Boston, and the weather looks good. It will be chilly, but no weather-related issues are expected.
If you’re planning on being in Boston for the season opener, dress warm. On Yawkey Way before the game, temperatures will likely be in the 40s but with sunshine overhead. A wind off the water will keep temperatures in the upper 40s to lower 50s during the game.
Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello is scheduled to throw his first pitch at 2:05PM. Sunny skies will prevail through the game with some clouds arriving during the latter part of the game. Winds will likely be blowing in toward home plate during the duration of the game, which is pretty common during early season games in Boston. During the 9th inning and after the game, temperatures will be falling back through the 40s.
The Fenway grounds crew will need to put the tarps on the field after the game because some heavy rain is expected for Tuesday. Fortunately, the Sox/Pirates aren’t scheduled to play again until Wednesday evening, and it should be dry then. More rain is expected on Thursday afternoon, and that rain could interfere with the afternoon game that day.
-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo
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