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Boston Weather: 7.0°F | Fair and Breezy


A Windy Wednesday Starts
A Warm Weekend

By Angela Zalucha

As an intense low pressure surface passes north of us today, strong southerly (meteorology jargon for “from the south”) winds will persist today and tonight. Wind speeds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts from 45 to 55 mph combined with rain will make for an unpleasant storm. As the sky clears tonight, lows will drop into the lower 30s F, which is not much lower than the normal high of 36 F. Look for more unseasonably warm weather through the weekend, with perhaps a 50 F reading on Friday. Clouds and a chance for rain on Saturday and Sunday dominate another dreary weekend.

If you think Boston feels windier than most other parts of the country, then you’re not alone. According to the National Climatic Data Center, Boston has the highest average wind speed of the major U.S. cities at 12.4 mph. It ranks 20th on the U.S. overall list, but this carries no shame as notoriously windy places like Alaska and the Great Plains states outrank it. Topping the list is Mt. Washington, NH coming in at a whopping 35.1 mph average wind speed and the world’s highest wind gust ever recorded: 231 mph on April 12, 1934.

Extended Forecast

Today: Rain and blustery winds. High 48 F (9 C).

Tonight: Decreasing clouds. Brisk. Low 32 F (0 C).

Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny. High 48 F (9 C).

Tomorrow night: Partly cloudy. Low 36 F (2 C).

Friday: Partly cloudy and unseasonably warm. High 52 F (11 C). Low 39 F (4 C).

Saturday: Cloudy with a chance for rain. High 47 F (8 C).