Welcome to mid-May. You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s March.

A lingering threat of snow is limited to the upper elevations of New England through midday Tuesday, but forecasters are warning that temperatures in the Boston area may not escape the 40s in what may be a historically chilly day. Some patchy drizzle and wind will accompany that cold air, forecasters expected.

The National Weather Service is predicting highs in the upper 40s Tuesday, which would place it among the coldest May 14ths on record. Only five times since 1872 has the high temperature been in the 40s on May 14.


If you feel like the weather has been damper and grayer than usual this spring, you’re right. The Blue Hill Observatory in Milton reported that April 2019 was the sixth wettest and sixth cloudiest on record.

Forecasters say tuesday will be cloudy with a 70 percent chance of rain, and wind gusts could reach up to 30 miles per hour.

Be prepared for a chilly night, too. Forecasters said it will be cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers, and temperatures could dip to the upper 30s.

Wednesday will be mostly cloudy and not as cool, with highs reaching the upper 50s.

“Mainly dry weather expected by Wednesday with milder temperatures, but still below normal for the middle of May,” forecasters said.

Wednesday night will be mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers, and lows around the upper 40s, forecasters said.

Thursday will be partly sunny (with a 50 percent chance of showers) and slightly warmer (with highs in the lower 60s), forecasters said.

Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with patchy fog, and we could see a glimmer of sunshine on Friday. Forecasters say to expect partly sunny skies Friday, along with (of course!) a 30 percent chance of showers.


We could see some sunshine in the Boston area this weekend. Forecasters said Saturday should be mostly sunny with highs in the mid-60s, and Sunday is looking to be partly sunny with highs in the low 70s.

But don’t take that dry weather for granted, because we could get more precipitation at the start of the next workweek: Forecasters say there’s a 30 percent chance of showers on Sunday night and Monday.

Peter Bailey-Wells can be reached at peter.bailey-wells@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @pbaileywells.