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It’s going to be a cold and wet weekend

Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff/file

For many of us there are three holiday weekends (Memorial Day, July Fourth, and Labor Day) in the summer season to bring together family and friends for outdoor gatherings.

As we kick off the unofficial start to summer this weekend you might want to replace your barbecue with a crock pot and the beach umbrella with a regular one.

Cold and rainy Saturday

There are two areas of rain that will affect us in the next three days. The first one will arrive late this afternoon and early this evening from the west as low pressure tracks south of New England. On this path the heaviest rain will be over southeastern Massachusetts, with lesser amounts north of the Mass Pike.

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Most of the heaviest rain will be during the overnight hours up through 7 or 8 a.m. and then we’ll start to see more showers, or just drizzle, for the rest of the day.

The lowest daily high for May 29th is 49 degrees set way back in 1917.
The lowest daily high for May 29th is 49 degrees set way back in 1917.NOAA

It’s going to be unusually cool all weekend, but especially Saturday, with temperatures in the 40s most of the day.

Even if the high ends up being 50 or 51 degrees, it will still be one of the coldest afternoons on May 29 on record.

Saturday’s rain will come in from the west and then move out to the east before Sunday’s rain arrives from the south.
Saturday’s rain will come in from the west and then move out to the east before Sunday’s rain arrives from the south.WeatherBell

More rain Sunday

It will continue to be damp and raw Saturday night before the next weather system moves in for Sunday. The rain will arrive sometime late morning or early afternoon and it will be heaviest along the coastline east of Route 495 and then eventually overspread the entire area.

More heavy rain is expected Sunday with nearly an inch.
More heavy rain is expected Sunday with nearly an inch.NOAA

Temperatures will be a little bit milder getting into the low to mid 50s.

Slight improvement Monday

There will be some lingering showers Monday but we may salvage the second half of the afternoon with some slow clearing trying to move into the area. The good news, temperatures will definitely be milder as highs try to get back into the 60s.

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The pattern will be dry for Tuesday and Wednesday, but we may turn unsettled again later next week with more showers, warm conditions, and some humidity. There’s no worry about any drought for now; there’s plenty of moisture in the pipeline.

It will be milder on Memorial Day with highs well into the 60s.
It will be milder on Memorial Day with highs well into the 60s.WeatherBell