March 2014 was one of the coldest on record on the South Coast. In New Bedford, it was the coldest since 1984. The average temperature was 33.1° - nearly 5° colder than last year, and a whopping 11.7° colder than March 2012, which was one of the warmest on record in the Northeast.

April is off to a decent start with plenty of sunshine and highs in the upper 40s to low 50s on Tuesday. The weather will stay quiet and seasonable Wednesday and Thursday. Highs should reach the low 50s, except at the coast where it may stay in the mid to upper 40s. Both days will be partly sunny.

Showers are likely late in the workweek as a system moves in from the west. Right now, it looks like the best chance of rain is Friday night. The weekend looks dry and mild to start before gradually turning cooler. Saturday will be relatively mild as the cold weather lags behind the departing cold front. Highs may reach 60° with mostly sunny, breezy conditions. It will be closer to 50° on Sunday. Enjoy the dry weather while it lasts. The long-range outlook for the early to middle part of next week is for a storm to move up the Eastern Seaboard bringing steady rain.

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The weather pattern looks cooler than normal for the first half of April