David Epstein: Here’s your Patriots playoff weather forecast

Windy spring-like temperatures are in the forecast.

Charles River Spring
Students lounged in Adirondack chairs on a dock on the Charles River Esplanade after their classes. –John Tlumacki/Globe staff

The weather this weekend will bring sunshine and milder temperatures. By the time we get to Sunday evening, you might have a little bit of spring fever.We’ll also have more light-filled hours of the day. We’ve already gained so much time that we have 9 hours and 32 minutes of daylight. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll get another 30 minutes. By early February, each day will have more than 10 hours of sunlight.  

Spring Temperatures Map
The weather is warming up on Friday across the region. —David Epstein

Friday is a relatively seasonable day with temperatures getting into the mid 30s but there will be a lot of sunshine and winds will be light.

A touch of windy spring weather


Saturday is the warmest of the weekend, but it’s also the windiest. We will have temperatures approaching the lower 50s in Boston, although that westerly wind will make it feel a little bit colder than that.

Jan. 20 2018 forecast
Windy warmer weather is blowing through on Saturday. —David Epstein

Ideal playoff weather

On Sunday we’ll have lots of sunshine, but temperatures will be about 5 degrees colder, staying in the mid-forties.  Winds will be light, and there’s no chance of any precipitation.  The sun will set Sunday at 4:44 p.m. around Boston.

Jan. 21 forecast
Patriots fans can expect perfect football weather on Sunday. —David Epstein

More wet weather

I do expect clouds to increase Monday with some rain moving into the area. Overall, the storm looks like it’s going to be wet, not white, but there could be a period of mixed precipitation in the middle of the storm.

After that storm it does turn blustery and cold, but I don’t see any bitter cold air or any major snowstorms for the rest of the month. This doesn’t mean winter is over, but it does mean that we are going to get a fairly long break from it.