WBZ News Update For April 8, 2021

Paula Ebben and Zack Green have your latest news and weather headlines.

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PAULA EBBEN: Thanks for joining us. I'm Paula Ebben with a WBZ news update. Our top stories this Thursday, Walmart locations in Massachusetts will start administering vaccines next week. It's unclear how many locations, but some will get doses of Moderna, others will get the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot. Appointments will be available by tomorrow morning and can be booked online.

Massachusetts residents who pre-register can soon book appointments at two more vaccination sites. Starting this week, eligible residents can book at the clinics in Marshfield and Amherst. The seven mass vaccination sites were already a part of the pre-registration program. The governor says more options will be added in the coming weeks.

And Haverhill Public Schools are recovering from a ransomware attack that forced the district to cancel their first day back to in-person learning. School officials say they're still trying to recover critical student information that they need to be in school. Officials don't yet know when they'll be able to bring those students back to class.

Now let's get a check of the forecast with meteorologist, Zack Green.

ZACK GREEN: Beautiful day ahead of us. And in fact, the morning was stunning as well. We likely have calm breeze through the course of the day, so open the windows, let the refreshing air right back in, and it may be even shorts and t-shirts weather as we go into the afternoon.

Pretty much spoiled for the month of April. So far, we've only recorded two days of below average conditions. So for the first week, we were five days above average, and we've got a few more red boxes to check off for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and we include Sunday in that track. The difference is going to be some scattered showers that arrive for the second half of the weekend. We'll have more on that in just a moment.

Starting to hit a cap in our temperatures but it's still pretty mild across the board with the low in mid-60s from Boston to Worcester line. North of the pike is going to be the warmest spots, especially as we head out towards the Worcester Hills. It's going to be 65 if not 66 when all is said and done today.

We always seem to have that gradient springtime when you get that easterly wind component, the developing onshore breeze will keep the Cape and the islands as well as Eastern Plymouth county just a little bit cooler. Still, very comfortable if you're around Buzzards Bay. Tomorrow, almost an identical scenario. We'll wake up to a little bit of cloud cover, and there's a chance that we get some reduced visibility.

Fog development might be possible as we go towards the south shore Cape as well as Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. It will not be lasting long, shouldn't have any issue on the drive early on. And as we go into the afternoon, we're expecting mostly sunny skies to wrap up our week. And with it, our temperatures will move in a big way, likely between the mid and upper 60s for most, with 70 degrees checked off from the 128 corridor out towards 495 and moving farther west.

Again, we're going to get light and variable winds, but most of it is going to be influenced at least from the cooler ocean. So we're expecting those right by the coastline to be a touch cooler. But instead of the low 50s that we have today, it's probably going to hover around 60 degrees for tomorrow.

Mild air continues right into the first half of the weekend. We'll be staring down another system that seems to approach us for Sunday but mainly in the afternoon hours. I don't think it's going to be much of a hassle early on. So if you have any plans outdoors in the morning, whether you're just out and about or you got a tee time, the earlier the better. We'll probably be able to fit a full 18 in prior to lunch time and prior to any of those rain drops ultimately impacting us.

We're expecting anywhere from about 3/4 of an inch to maybe a full inch when all is said and done. Beneficial rain. We desperately need it at this point. The latest from the Massachusetts drought monitor shows a little more widespread in abnormally dry category. So chipping away at the deficit is going to definitely help the cause as we go from Sunday afternoon. And through the day on Monday, scattered chances should begin next week. We'll dry things up, though, as we approach 60 degrees on Tuesday.

PAULA EBBEN: I'm Paula Ebben. This has been a WBZ News update. Have a good day.