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Boston Weather: 65.0°F | Mostly Cloudy

Weather: Summer and the City

By Robert Lindsay Korty
STAFF METEOROLOGIST -- August can be a slow month. Heat drives politicians from Washington. Those on vacation rest at beaches, lakes, and rivers. On subways, on buses, and in apartments that are not air-conditioned, people swelter in sultry, stagnant air. It’s a good month for sitting still and drinking iced tea.

A year ago, there were nearly thirty days during which the high temperature hit 90°F (32°C) in Boston. The heat peaked last summer at 101°F (38°C), the hottest day recorded since 1977. By contrast, this summer has been much nearer to normal. The heat did not disappear though. Across the Atlantic temperatures were stuck at exceedingly high levels for weeks. London recorded 100°F (38°C) for the first time in history. From France to Italy, Europe baked; temperatures near 40°C (104°F) were reported in Paris, Lisbon, and Munich. Weather patterns are slow to change in August as the steering currents weaken and retreat to higher latitudes.

Extended Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny and mild. High 86°F (30°C).

Tonight: Clear. Low 62°F (17°C).

Thursday: Sunny and cooler. High 77°F (25°C). Low 60°F (16°C).

Friday: Partly cloudy with a chance of evening showers or thunderstorms. Warmer, with a high of 88°F (31°C).