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Boston Weather: 23.0°F | Mostly Cloudy and Windy

Weather: A Return to Normalcy

By Greg Lawson
Staff Meteorologist

The high pressure center responsible for the clear skies and below normal temperatures the past two days is finally being swept to sea today. As it goes, New England will begin to get cloudy again. The huge Canadian cut-off low mentioned yesterday looks like it won't be hitting us directly, but an associated cold front will come close. As it approaches, the cloudiness will increase and we will return to the "chance of showers game," but only a slight chance - the National Weather Service is predicting a 30 percent chance. The clouds should move out by late Friday or so. Until then, as former President Warren G. Harding once said, there will be "a return to normalcy:" highs of 76F and lows of 61F are the climatological averages.

There has been a hurricane warning issued on the northern Gulf Coast. Earl is expected to plow into Louisiana and Mississippi with hurricane force winds sometime tonight or early tomorrow morning. He will then weaken quickly. It is not clear how he will track up through the United States or how early he will dissipate.

Today:Becoming cloudy by afternoon. Southeasterly wind. High 75F (24C).

Tonight: Cloudy with slight chance of showers. Low 63F (17C).

Thursday: Cloudy. High 76F (24C).