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Boston Weather: 51.0°F | A Few Clouds

Weather

Under Pressure

By Brian H. Tang
STAFF METEOROLOGIST

Pressure is something we’re all accustomed to at MIT, but hopefully the high pressure overhead in our vicinity will enable you to enjoy some time outside this long weekend to lower your blood pressure. A strong front moved through early Thursday morning, transitioning us almost instantly from a warm, sticky air mass to a more typical autumn-like air mass. Our new weather station on top of the Green Building captured the cold front passage nicely. The temperature dropped 8 F (4.5 C) in about 30 minutes between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. early Thursday morning, and winds gusted to 42 mph (68kph) around 4 a.m. from the NW as the cold air filtered in behind the front. We also received 0.06 inches (1.5mm) of rain. Now a strong high pressure region will bring tranquil and cool weather to the region for the next few days. It will keep a storm forming to our south over the Carolinas from becoming a weekend spoiler, so if you’re going up north to see the foliage or planning a late season hike, you’re in luck this weekend.

Extended Forecast

Today: Scattered clouds and cool with breezy NE winds. High 56 F (13 C).

Tonight: Mostly clear and breezy. Low 45 F (7 C).

Tomorrow: Sunny. High 63 F (17 C).

Sunday: Sunny. High 70 F (21 C).

Monday: Sunny. High 73 F (23 C).