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Boston Weather: 86.0°F | Mostly Cloudy

Weather: A New Season

By Robert Lindsay Korty
STAFF METEOROLOGIST -- Sometimes, we need a sure thing. On Monday the temperature topped 60ºF (15ºC) for the first time in months. (It was that warm last on December 20, fittingly the day before winter began.) The ice on the river is thinning daily, and within the week the Charles should be ice free. The vernal equinox occurred last night, and from now until September, there is more light each day than darkness. In a world filled with such uncertainty, it’s a small comfort to know that a warmer, more tranquil season is coming.

The winter that just ended was harsh. There was a much larger than normal amount of snow, keeping at least spotty snow banks on the ground from December through this week. Multiple outbreaks of Arctic air combined to produce a winter that was cooler than average, much colder than the past few.

Weekend Outlook

Today: A mild, sunny afternoon. High 62ºF (16ºC).

Tonight: Scattered showers late. Low 40ºF (4ºC).

Saturday: Mostly cloudy. High 55ºF (13ºC), low 39ºF (4ºC).

Sunday: Overnight showers, otherwise partly cloudy and cooler. High 50ºF (10ºC).