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Boston Weather: 48.0°F | Light Rain


One Cold Thing Leads to Another

By Robert Lindsay Korty
STAFF METEOROLOGIST -- After months of below normal temperatures, April has started on a cool note. The climate of coastal New England is strongly modulated by the water surrounding it. After a very cold winter during which some of the harbors froze, the surface water temperature in Massachusetts Bay remains in the upper 30s°F (3-4°C). With a persistent easterly wind this week, the air temperature has been cold. This is, in part, caused by the unseasonably cool water temperatures, which, owing to the higher heat capacity of water, take longer to recover following a cold winter.

Today a previously stalled storm over the Southeast will begin to move northeastward. That spells two more gray, cold days with rain beginning this afternoon. By Sunday, though, the storm will have passed offshore, and warm westerly winds will usher in some delightful air for the beginning of next week. If all goes well, it may be 70°F (21°C) on Tuesday.

Extended Forecast

Today: Gray again. Cloudy with rain developing during the afternoon. High in the mid 40s°F (6-7°C).

Tonight: Rain. Low in the mid 30s°F (1-3°C).

Saturday: Rain ending in the afternoon. High in the upper 40s°F (8-9°C).

Saturday night: Clearing. Low in the mid 30s°F (1-3°C).

Sunday: Sunny and milder, high near 55°F (13°C).