Today will feature another round of showers and thunderstorms for a lucky few as another cold front approaches from the west. Southwesterly breezes ahead of this front will push warmer and more humid air into the region with highs rising into the upper 70s up north and mid 80s in the south away from the coast. Temps at the coast will be held down by onshore breezes and a bit of fog/stratus especially this morning.
Everyone will see another batch of wildfire smoke move through midday through the afternoon. This smoke will be present in high concentrations near the ground so hazy conditions and air quality degradations are in order unfortunately. As of this morning, air quality stations in VT and upstate NY are reporting air quality that is “unhealthy for sensitive groups” while Cornwall Ontario has air quality bad enough to be unhealthy for everyone. As this smoke moves in from the northwest over the next few hours, take it easy if you have to be outside.
Showers and storms will pop up intermittently this afternoon with the highest odds of rain to be found over northern and northeastern parts of the area. Storms that form north of Portland/Fryeburg could produce some small hail and gusty winds in addition to heavy rain and lightning.