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Boston Weather: 77.0°F | Mostly Cloudy

Weather: The Sun Is Still Shining

By Veronique Bugnion and Peter Huybers

The mercury climbed to 60°F (15°C) on Sunday at the Blue Hills observatory in Milton, tying the record set on this date in 1973. The normal high for a December 5th is approximately 41°F (5°C).

The front which brought us rain showers yesterday has already drifted over the Gulf of Maine. Moving in behind is an area of high pressure which is gradually building along the Appalachians. It should provide dry and sunny conditions at least through Friday. Daytime high temperatures will manage to stay above 50°F (10°C) for most of the week. Temperatures will drop close to the freezing point at night because clear skies allow the heat accumulated during the day to escape to space.

The numerical models are predicting that the area of low pressure which will begin to form in the lee of the Rockies on Thursday will deepen and move rapidly towards New England on Saturday, bringing with it cloudy skies and a good chance of rain for the weekend.

Today: Mostly cloudy, high 52°F (11°C). Northwest-wind 15 mph.

Tonight: Clearing skies, low of 35°F (3°C).

Wednesday: Clear, high of 52°F (11°C).

Thursday: Clear, high of 50°F (10°C).