BOSTON (CBS) – Better days are ahead. The four words we all longed for and wanted to be true for so many reasons for so long. Our state, our region, will soon come to life. We certainly had winters when we previously felt cooped up and removed from society. We endured over 100 inches of snow in 2015 and four consecutive Nor’easters to end the season in 2018. No doubt spring couldn’t come soon enough back then. Still, nothing can be compared to 2020-2021. The pandemic has locked us in, shut us out and isolated us. Although this winter was pretty typical in terms of weather, I’m not sure we ever needed spring so badly.
The wait is over.
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We may be a few weeks away from the actual spring equinox, but I’ll name it. Spring is coming this week.
In just the next 5-6 days we will see:
- First flowers in bloom, probably crocuses, and your local garden center with a shipload of pansies for sale
- Flocks of birds returning south from their winter
- Our first 60 degrees since Christmas (well over 70 days ago)
- Maybe our first 70 degrees temperatures since the beginning of November! (well over 100 days ago)
- And finally, the return of summer time on Sundays and the sunsets at 7pm!
If that doesn’t sound like spring, I don’t know what!
Let me give you a piece of land in the next few days:
TUESDAY: The transition begins …
-High temperatures: usually in the low 50’s
– Warmest locations: south of Boston, in the interior of Bristol and Plymouth counties (around mid-1950s)
-Coolest locations: Worcester Hills, Berkshires, mainly 45-50 and Outer Cape and Islands (1940’s)
-Boston record: 77 in 2016, not even close
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WEDNESDAY: Tad milder inland, cooler on the coast with sea breezes.
-High temperatures: 50-55 from the coast, 40’s on the coast
– Warmest places: About 16 km from the coast, about 495 (50-55)
-Coolest places: Immediate coast thanks to a sea breeze, usually in the 40s
-Boston record: 71 in 1878, did not happen
THURSDAY: Get out and run!
-High temperatures: 60-65 for most
– Warmest places: Middlesex County, Merrimack Valley, southern New Hampshire (usually mid-60s, shot somewhere around 70 outside)
-Coolest Locations: South Shore, South Coast, Cape and Islands (45-55), thanks to a steady southwest wind from the cool ocean
-Boston record: 67 in 1990, not impossible to achieve depending on the exact wind direction. Could also set a record minimum temperature on Thursday (currently 51 in 1825)
FRIDAY: Probably the warmest day
-High temperatures: 65-70 in Eastern MA
– Warmest locations: 128 and 495 belts, most of Eastern MA away from the south coast (65-70)
-Coolest locations: south coast, cape and islands due to the steady southwest wind in front of the cool ocean (45-55), also west MA due to the approach to the front, the cloud cover and the cooler air that is beginning to invade
-Boston record: 71 in 2012 there is a chance! Could also set a record minimum temperature on Friday (currently 46 in 1899)
THIS WEEKEND: Back to March …
Back to reality on the weekend with temperatures mostly in the 40s (around 30s on Sunday). Do not forget, however, that we “jump” into summer time at 2am on Sunday! The sunset on Sunday evening is at 6:50 p.m.!
To mitigate the spring excitement a little (you knew this was coming right?) – since this forecast only takes us out until mid-March, we cannot rule out additional snow and cold. In fact, we can almost assure you that winter is not quite over yet. However, as the sun angle approaches September-like heights and the ground begins to thaw, any additional snow that comes would certainly have no stamina. The long-term projections are currently in doubt, and many are suggesting that the third week of March has a good chance of returning to a cold, wintry feel that is certainly very different from this week.
My advice, enjoy this week! Take advantage and go outside! Just don’t stow the snow shovels completely yet.
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