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Boston Weather: 30.0°F | A Few Clouds


For Once, A Mild January

By Michael J. Ring

After a series of three brutal winters, most of North America enjoyed an unusually mild January, and Boston was no exception. The average temperature here for the past month was 36.5 F, or 7.2 degrees warmer than normal, making the past month the sixth-warmest January on record in Boston. Most other stations in the United States and Canada reported similar data. Additionally, the snowfall total for the season in Boston is running several inches below normal.

But while North America enjoyed warmer than normal temperatures last month, the same was not true in the Eastern Hemisphere. Record snowfalls in Japan, the first appearance of frost in New Delhi since 1935, and the coldest temperatures in Moscow since 1979 were some of the hallmarks of a frigid January across Europe and Asia.

We won’t be seeing anything that extreme in the near future, but this week will be noticeably colder here than were the previous few weeks. As this weekend’s storm pulls away, northwesterly flow behind the system will keep highs in the 30’s this week. Though colder, the next few days will be sunny, with the next chance of precipitation coming this weekend.

Extended Forecast

Today: Sunny and seasonably cold. High near 40 F (4 C).

Tonight: Clear and cold. Low near 22 F (-6 C).

Tomorrow: Continued sunny, but colder. High near 35 F (2 C). Low near 20 F (-7 C).

Thursday: Partly cloudy, and the coldest day of the week. High near 32 F (0 C). Low near 22 F (-6 C).

Friday: Partly cloudy and continued cold. High near 35 F (2 C).