Leaf peepers urged to go north, weather-wise, during Columbus Day weekend

Today will be partly sunny, with temperatures climbing near 70. Dry air will blanket most of the state all day, keeping conditions dry. Clouds will develop overnight, and temperatures will fall into the low 50s.

A low pressure system lingering off the coast will bring clouds and a few showers to the state over the weekend, especially southeastern Massachusetts. A high pressure system will take over early next week, bringing dry and seasonable conditions through at least mid-week, according to the National Weather Service.

“Northern New England will see more sunshine over the weekend, so for the leaf peepers up there they will enjoy brighter skies and seasonable conditions,” said Charlie Foley, weather service meteorologist. “There will be a mix of clouds and sun in southern New England over the weekend.”

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Saturday will begin dry, but a slight chance of showers exists after 1 p.m. Conditions will be mostly sunny, though any rain that arrives will bring clouds. Temperatures will hover in the low 60s through the day, according to the weather service. Clouds will develop overnight Saturday, and sprinkles are likely between midnight and 3 a.m. Sunday.

Sunday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Early morning clouds will break up through the day from north to south, according to the weather service. Temperatures will reach into the mid-60s, and the day should be dry.

High pressure will take hold on Columbus Day, bringing dry and seasonable conditions. Columbus Day will see plenty of sunshine, with temperatures in the mid-60s. Clouds will develop overnight, but rain is unlikely until Thursday.