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Boston Weather: 69.0°F | Overcast

Weather: By Greg Lawson

Staff Meteorologist -- It looks like a great week ahead with dry air and temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s, very few clouds, and light breezes.

We should give our thanks to the large high pressure system parked to our south and the benign upper level ridge positioned over the east coast. Together they are both maintaining the marvelous status quo and shielding us from potential nastiness brewing upstream. One particularly nasty storm has formed over north Minnesota, but it will thankfully be steered around us to our north by the ridge.

Temperatures yesterday reached 73°F (23°C) while the dew point stayed at 36°F (2°C) or below, yielding relative humidities less than 30 percent. This wonderfully warm, dry air will continue as the high pressure center stalls over North Carolina and remains parked the rest of the week.

Unfortunately, as all good things must come to an end, so must this week. It appears as though unsettled weather is due for Friday evening as our beloved high and ridge pass out to sea and are replaced with a slowly moving cold front. Look for rain and cooler temperatures, probably back down into the 60s (17-21°C).

Extended Forecast

Today: Beautiful. Warm and dry with clear skies and a light westerly breeze. High of 77°F (25°C).

Tonight: Clear and cool. Winds shift to southerly and pick up a bit. Low of 57°F (14°C).

Wednesday: Magnificent. Hot and dry with mostly clear skies and light southwesterly winds. High of 83°F (28°C). Low of 58°F (14°C).

Thursday: Wonderful. More of the same but partly cloudy. High in the low 80s F (27-29°C). Low in the high 50s F (14-16°C).

Friday and Beyond: Expect rain and temperatures back down in the 60s F (high teens Celsius).