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Forecast Last Updated at Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 5:55PM

Well... Maybe

The big weather news Wednesday has been Maria pummeling Puerto Rico. See the Forecast Discussion Section for details on Jose and Maria (sounds like a pair on Dancing with the Stars).
Our weather is a stark contrast to the Eastern Caribbean. We have not had any rain since Irma, and there's not much in the foreseeable future. However, isolated afternoon showers are possible Thursday. An afternoon shower is not impossible Friday, but the risk is too small to put in the forecast box. The weekend through mid next week is warm and dry.

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Wednesday

Hi: 78 Lo: 60

Scattered clouds; NW wind 5-10 mph
Thursday

Hi: 76 Lo: 60

Partly cloudy; A renegade afternoon shower possible; Light North wind
Friday

Hi: 78 Lo: 59

Partly cloudy; Pleasant temperatures; Light wind
Saturday

Hi: 78 Lo: 60

Scattered clouds; Pleasant
Sunday

Hi: 78 Lo: 60

Mostly sunny; Pleasant

Further Out

Monday - Scattered clouds; Very nice; High in the upper 70s; Low near 60 degrees
Tuesday - Partly cloudy; More of the same; High in the upper 70s; Low in the lower 60s

Forecast Discussion

Since our weather is as exciting as an episode of "Me, Myself & I", we'll cover Atlantic tropical systems first.
* Tropical Storm Jose is trolling the waters southeast of Cape Cod. It barely moves for the next 6 days then fades off the map.
* Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico this morning as a Category 4 storm. The damage left by Irma on top of the ongoing economic crisis in the Commonwealth already leaves Puerto Rico vulnerable. Maria will be truly terrible. The island will need help recovering for years. Maria will emerge from Puerto Rico a somewhat weaker storm moving northeast (north of Hispaniola and brushing the eastern Bahamas). It will be east of Hatteras by Tuesday. We think it will remain off the U. S. Coast, then speed NE by the middle of next week.

The Southern Appalachians remains between the tropical systems well to our east and fronts from the west fade in the Mississippi Valley. We can expect generally dry, warm weather through next Wednesday. However, a weak disturbance combined with increased low-level moisture sparks isolated showers this afternoon and Thursday afternoon.

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