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Boston Weather: 47.0°F | Partly Cloudy and Breezy

Weather: A Last Taste of Summer

By Michael J. Ring
STAFF METEOROLOGIST -- Yesterday it felt more like late August than late October in and around the Boston area, as highs soared into the mid-70s F. A strong storm system centered yesterday over the Great Lakes is responsible for the warmth. Protruding from the center of low pressure is a sharp cold front, which yesterday was situated over the Appalachians. Since New England was ahead of the cold front yesterday, we were in a zone of warm air and enjoyed the touch of Indian Summer.

The cold front passed offshore overnight, however, and now a mass of cold air and gusty winds have settled over New England, so our temperatures for the next few days will actually be below the climatological mean.

While we didn’t get much rain out of the storm, heavy areas of precipitation are centered around the low, affecting the Great Lakes states and the province of Ontario. Ahead of the storm the precipitation has fallen as rain, but with cold air flowing in behind the storm, moderate to heavy snow is predicted for areas such as the upper peninsula of Michigan and Western Ontario. While it may seem like a distant problem in light of yesterday’s warmth, it won’t be too long before this space is concerned with nor’easters coming up the Atlantic coast.

Weekend Outlook:

Today: Mostly sunny and windy. High of 54 F (12 C).

Friday night: Clear and cold. Low near 32 F (0 C).

Saturday and Sunday: Mostly sunny and seasonably cool. High near 48 F (9 C) and low near 32 F (0 C).