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Boston Weather: 31.0°F | Overcast

Weather: Calmer, Clearer Skies Ahead

By Michael J. Ring

Although the mercury today will only rise a few degrees higher than yesterday’s maximum temperatures, it will feel significantly warmer today as yesterday’s ferocious winds calm.

While the rain that afflicted our area had ceased by yesterday morning, gale-force winds continued into the afternoon. Wind strength is related to pressure gradients, so even though the precipitation had stopped, the Boston region was still in the midst of a sharp gradient from low to high pressure, and hence the winds yesterday were unusually strong. As the storm has pulled farther away, the local pressure gradient has flattened, and therefore the winds should be far less gusty today.

There is also significantly less precipitation on the horizon this week. A very weak cold front will pass over New England tonight, bringing a slight chance of a sprinkle. But most locations around greater Boston should remain dry until early Friday, when a storm expected to form around the Great Lakes slides eastward.

Extended Forecast

Today: Partly sunny and less windy but cold. High near 45°F (7°C).

Tonight: Cloudy with a chance of a sprinkle. Low near 40°F (5°C).

Wednesday: Sunny and warmer. High near 52°F (11°C).

Wednesday night: Clear and seasonably cold. Low near 37°F (3°C).

Thursday: Sunny early but clouding up in the evening. High near 52°F (11°C); low near 41°F (5°C).

Friday: Rain likely, especially in the morning. Cooler with highs near 45°F (7°C).