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Boston Weather: 71.0°F | Mostly Cloudy

Weather: Rainy Days and Wednesdays

By Rob Korty
STAFF METEOROLOGIST -- After a rather dismal Monday (afternoon temperatures hovered in the middle 40s°F (7-9°C) under gloomy skies), the forecast for the immediate future isn’t looking much brighter. After a gorgeous weekend in Boston, some cold air sneaked southward from eastern Canada behind a “backdoor front” -- so called because the air mass moves in the opposite direction of the usual, mean flow; very generally air typically moves from west to east at our latitude. It was even cold enough on Monday to support a mix of rain, sleet, and snow across portions of New Hampshire and Maine.

While today looks to be a little drier and slightly milder than yesterday, it will still pale in comparison with the weather of last weekend. Expect clouds to remain as an area of low pressure presses toward the East Coast. Showers will likely be confined to our west today; New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia will bear the brunt of the rain. New England, though, will be the sole host for cool air today.

Temperatures across much of the remainder of the United States will be pleasant for the second half of October: 60s and 70s°F (15-27°C) will be commonplace throughout the South, Great Plains, and West.

As the front pushes east, expect the return of a chance of rain by Tuesday night. If we are fortunate, the low should push out of the region in time for Thursday to be a pretty nice day.

Extended Forecast

Today: Cloudy, with a high of 58°F (14°C).

Tonight: Rain returning, low near 50°F (10°C).

Wednesday: Rain, possibly breaking by evening. High again in the upper 50s °F (13-15°C).

Thursday: Partly cloudy and milder. High near 65°F (18°C), low in the upper 40s °F (8-10°C).