April expected to be one of the warmest on record; May to start with showers

April flowers bring May showers, or so it would seem, as forecasters are predicting rain for the first day of May after one of the warmest Aprils on record.

Through Saturday, this April was the second warmest on record with an average temperature of 53.5 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Taunton. The record is held by April 1976, which had an average temperature of 55.1 degrees.

“In terms of normal, 53.5 degrees puts us 5.7 degrees above the normal average temperature for April,” Matt Doody, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said.


April also brought three inches of rain to Boston, just shy of the 3.6-inch monthly average. While April was not much below typical precipitation levels, total precipitation for the year remains far below the norm.

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“Since Jan. 1, we have had a total of 7.97 inches of precipitation,” Doody said. “The usual amount for where we should normally be by this time of year is 14.5 inches.”

May will begin with “widespread areas of showers especially early in the day,” with drizzle and fog near the coast. Temperatures will be held in the 50s by a persistent onshore wind. Rainfall is expected to total a quarter of an inch.

“Pretty much all of Massachusetts is going to see some precipitation tomorrow,” Doody said. “We should start to see it start to taper off in the afternoon -- though the system is moving west to east, so in Boston it may linger into the evening hours.”

Through the middle of the week, Doody said, temperatures will be more seasonable, though some fog and drizzle may keep Boston on the cooler side. Warm and dry weather is expected for the weekend, though Doody said the forecast is not set in stone.


“We’re watching a warm front for the weekend,” he said. “The final forecast depends on that, and there are still some question marks on it.”

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