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Boston Weather: 30.0°F | A Few Clouds and Breezy

Weather: Relief from the Heat Coming Soon

By Robert Korty G
STAFF REPORTER -- For those either spending their first week in New England or returning from a summer away, the weather could not have been more welcoming: it has been seasonable and refreshing all week. Just two weeks ago, the temperature at Logan airport reached 101°F (38°C), the highest recorded in Boston in 25 years. It has hit or surpassed 90°F (32°C) in the city 25 days this year, just four days shy of the record. In fact, over the past 12 months only in May and June was the monthly mean temperature below the 30-year average. It has been a very warm year.

With hot and dry weather for much of the summer, drought conditions have worsened over the eastern United States, reaching particularly severe levels in parts of the Southeast. This week, a low pressure system cut off from the main mid-latitude steering current produced copious amounts of rain in the Southeast. The precipitation moved slowly northeast yesterday, and the probability of rain in southern New England will be high for the remainder of the week.

Extended Forecast

Today: Cloudy with rain developing. High 68°F (20°C).

Tonight: Rain. Low 58°F (14°C).

Friday: Showers early, then partial clearing. High 72°F (22°C).

Saturday: Partly cloudy with showers Saturday night. High 71°F (22°C); low 60°F (16°C).