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Boston Weather: 27.0°F | Light Freezing Rain Fog/Mist


Cold Today, but Warm Winter to Continue

Cegeon J. Chan

There are, of course, many definitions, but what do meteorologists precisely mean when they say it’s cold? (I suspect most readers of this column will find today cold, regardless of how it is referenced.) Some meteorologists will often say it’s colder than normal (usually defined with respect to long-term averages.) Others will call it cold relative to a temperature trend, e.g. today’s temperature is lower than yesterday’s. Finally, some might call it cold when an uncomfortably strong wind chill makes it difficult to keep one’s body warm. For today, the first one does not apply, while the latter two are valid. Thus, temperatures today are actually above normal, but feel colder due to the combination of the wind and the comparison with the mild weather of the past couple of weeks.

After smashing the record high temperature by seven degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday, will this warm winter continue? In the short-term, the answer is yes. This weekend, high temperatures are forecast to be about 10 degrees above the climatological averages. In addition, with the jet stream staying to the north of New England, the National Climate Prediction Center is predicting a greater than 40 percent chance of above-normal temperatures in New England for next week.

Extended Forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered flurries. Windy. Highs in the upper 30s F (3 C). Winds remaining steady at 20 to 25 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 20s F (-4 C). Windy with gusts up to 30 mph.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Not as windy. Highs in the mid 30s F (2 C). Winds 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow Night: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 30s F (-1 C). Winds 10 to 15 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny. Warmer. Highs in the lower 50s F (12 C).