Cool, Rainy Start to June in New England

June marks the start of Meteorological Summer, but the summer warmth experienced in New England at the end of May will not continue into the opening days of the new month.

Instead, much of the New England states can expect cool, cloudy and wet weather during the first part of the new week.

People across the region will want to keep their umbrellas close by on Monday and Tuesday as rain dampens cities such as Boston, Massachusetts, Providence, Rhode Island, New Haven, Connecticut, and Portland, Maine.

The clouds and rain will help keep temperatures in the 50s across much of New England for the first few days of June, the equivalent of 10 to 15 degrees below normal.

Temperatures will not run nearly as low farther south with areas from New York City to Pittsburgh topping out around 70 F and Baltimore and Washington, D.C. reaching around 80 F.

However, this is still noticeably cooler than the last week of May when temperatures in the mid-Atlantic states reached the 80s and lower 90s on a daily basis.

While some people may not like the cooler weather this late in the year, the rain accompanying it is needed across the region.

Much of May has been abnormally dry across the Northeast with the region only receiving a fraction of the rain that it typically receives during the month.

New York City, for example, received only 0.40 of an inch of rain from May 1 to May 30. This accounts for only 10 percent of what The Big Apple typically receives in all of May.

Even though the early week rain is not likely to balance out the rain deficit across the Northeast, this rain will help to water lawns, gardens and other vegetation this is thirsty for some rain.

The cooler, wet weather pattern is not expected to stick around the region for long.

By Wednesday, the flow will become southerly and another warming trend will be underway for the Northeast, said AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams.

This will result in a stretch of dry days with temperatures running closer to normal than earlier in the week.

Temperatures are not forecast to be as high later in the week as they were during the last week of May. Additionally, the humidity will not be as high either, resulting in lower RealFeel® temperatures.

Anyone with outdoor plans on Monday or Tuesday may want to consider moving them to later in the week if possible to account for the flip in the weather pattern.