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All systems are GO for Patriot’s Day activities such as the reenactment of the Battle of Lexington, the Red Sox game at Fenway Park and, of course, the Great Boston Marathon.
Before the arrival of the cold front, strong southerly winds will blow at 20-30 mph with a few gusts approaching 45-50 mph this afternoon to early evening. A Wind Advisory has been posted by the National Weather Service. Scattered showers will become more widespread and downpours will occur through the evening.
After last evening’s rainfall, we ended up with a stellar Saturday with sunshine sending temperatures close to 70 degrees. At 3:59 pm, Boston’s high of the day was recorded at 69 degrees which matches yesterday’s 69 for the warmest so far this year.
After yesterday’s 52-62 degrees, it was colder today with highs in the lower to middle 40s and tomorrow will be even colder thanks to the passage of another cold front today. The cloudiness is exiting so tonight will turn out mainly clear with a decreasing wind.
It actually turned out quite mild today with high temperatures generally between 52 and 62 degrees. Boston’s high of 57 was 9 degrees above the average high for this date but not even close to the record-smashing 83 degrees of 2 years ago today.
It has been another crazy week of winter here in New England. The northern mountains received the biggest snowstorm of the winter and the regional temperatures were on another roller coaster ride. From Boston’s 60 degrees on Tuesday to wind chills near zero on Thursday and back to 57 today, I hope you’re seat belt was fastened.
Today was the shortest day of the year at only 23 hours thanks to the return of daylight saving time officially at 2am. This spring forward ritual makes us feel good with the extra daylight shifting into the evening hours. It was definitely nice to see the sunset at 6:44 pm. Flip side, of course, is that it will be darker for early risers going to work and school in the morning. Tomorrow’s sunrise is 7:05.
After Boston’s 109 consecutive hours of subfreezing weather this week, regional temperatures took a quantum leap to the 50s today. Anybody got spring fever? Boston’s 2:30 pm max of 55 degrees was not close to the record of 68 set just two years ago when we were experiencing an extraordinary winter of incredible warmth and virtually no snow.
Today’s afternoon high temperatures were close to 20 degrees below the average! March 2014 is off to a very cold start and there are no indications that any long-lasting warmth is on the way.