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Boston Weather: 50.0°F | Partly Cloudy


January Thaw

By Jon Moskaitis

Though cool in the near future, Boston is nonetheless on pace to record one of the five warmest Januarys since records began in 1873. Our mean temperature for the month is 37�F (3�C), almost 8�F (4�C) above the climatological average. Since late December, the continental-scale atmospheric flow has been stuck in a pattern where the arctic air has stayed in place over northern Canada, instead of spilling south. This has led to warmer than average temperatures across the entire northern United States, including our area.

However, not everyone is basking in the relative warmth. An unusually warm winter in North America generally coincides with colder than average conditions in Eurasia. This reflects the current situation, as Eastern Europe and Russia have been exceptionally cold. Moscow recently experienced a stretch of 6 days where the temperature did not get above 0�F (-18�C), one of the most severe cold snaps in decades. Locations farther east are much colder. A remote station in central Siberia has recorded an average January temperature of -49�F (-45�C), with a minimum of -66�F (-54�C)!

Extended Forecast

Today: Rain showers, mixing with snow early. High 38�F (3�C).

Tonight: Cloudy, lingering flurries. Low 30�F (-1�C).

Thursday: Partly cloudy, breezy. High 37�F (3�C).

Friday: Mostly sunny. High 41�F (5�C).

Saturday: Sunny and warmer. High 50�F (10�C).

Sunday: Increasing clouds, showers possible late. High 48�F (9�C).