BOSTON (CBS) – Is it just me or does Christmas seem a long time ago?
Next week we are likely to experience something that we have not felt since Christmas. No, Santa Claus is not coming to visit, but maybe something almost as exciting – 60 degrees!
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Seventy-five odd days between 60 degree readings is quite a long time. In fact, it’s kind of unusual. On an average year, Boston typically has two days longer than 60 days in the months of January and February.
In January and February 2020 (last winter) we had three 60+ days and two 70+ days!
Despite the fact that this winter wasn’t particularly cold, we didn’t have any real “spring fever” days. No matter if 60+, since Christmas Boston only had three days over 50.
January 16: 52 degrees
February 24th: 50 degrees
March 3rd: 50 degrees
Compare that to last winter January 1 through March 5, 2020, and Boston had 18 days of 50 or more!
I think you get the news, it will be really warm next week.
How warm do we talk
Keep in mind that the average high temperature in Boston for the next week is around 44 degrees.
After a very cool weekend, we are returning to the “normal state”. Highs in the 40-45 range
And we’re gone! Most of southern New England is between 55 and 60 degrees.
Warmest places: South of Boston in inland Bristol and Plymouth (near 60)
Coolest spots: Elevated areas in Berkshires and Worcester Hills (50-55), as well as the immediate south coast, the Cape, and the islands will get stuck in the 1940s due to cool winds from the ocean
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Record high in Boston: 77 degrees in 2016
Perhaps the best day of the bunch with lots of sunshine and very mild temperatures. Most of the area reaches heights between 60 and 65 degrees.
Warmest places: Areas north and west of Boston with snow cover have likely almost disappeared (64-66)
Coolest spots: Counties of Southern Plymouth and Bristol due to strong southwest winds bringing in cool sea air (1950s) and Cape Cod and Islands 45-50. Also a bit cooler in elevated areas of Worcester County and Western Mass. (50s)
Record high in Boston: 71 in 1878
The day of the front. A cold front is approaching from the northwest late in the day. Often the last day of a warm period is the warmest, but the complicating factor here is the increasing cloud cover, with some rain showers also possible late. Again, a lot of people should still see their low to mid 60s.
Warmest places: Just like on Wednesdays, west of Boston or in the areas where you are lucky and see the most sunshine (mid-1960s).
Coolest spots: Same offer, south coast (50s) and even some upper 40s on the outer cape and islands. Worcester Hills and Berkshires also largely remain in the 1950s
Record high in Boston: 67 in 1990 (this is our best chance to hit a record next week)
And now the caveat and sober memory – this is still March in New England.
This will not last.
It is typical here in spring to get such warm periods, but just as typical to go very quickly in the other direction.
Don’t put the snow shovels away yet. Enjoy while it takes, notice the flower buds burst and the birds return, then get ready to get back to reality in all likelihood. Because this is really spring in New England. Ups and downs, ups and downs, snow and sunshine – a little bit of everything. That’s why we love it here, right?
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