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Forecast: It's Wicked Chilly For October Today — But Next Few Days Are Mild

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It’s quite rare over the past several decades for Logan Airport to reach colder than 32 in October. The last time this happened was 1988 and that was on Halloween morning. As I write this, Boston is at 31 degrees, the third coldest morning on this date ever recorded and a chance to tie 1974 when it hits 30 degrees.

Most other places are well into the 20s with a killing freeze taking the gardens to their final curtain call. We now must wait until spring to plant again with gusto.

High pressure moved in from Canada late last week and brought the coldest air of the season. This air is very dry and you likely have noticed chapped lips and maybe even a scratchy throat. The relative humidity is low along with the dew points and therefore, it’s easy for the moisture to get wicked off your skin.

Temperatures today will be a slightly milder than Sunday, and I don’t expect any snow showers. Many of you saw your first flakes of the season Sunday afternoon as a weak disturbance crossed the area. That precipitation was negligible, although some areas in the Berkshires did see the ground whiten for a brief period.

The good news is much milder air is coming Tuesday and will last for several days.

It looks like highs will reach in the 60s again and continue through Thursday. There is a colder pool of air coming next weekend, but not nearly as cool as what we are experiencing this morning.

I don’t see a break in the dry weather until late this month at the earliest. This means we could go another 10 days without rain. Of course, this could change, but presently, you’ll be able to easily rake all those fallen leaves.


Today: Sunny, with a high 45-50.

Tonight: Some clouds, not as cold. 36-42.

Tuesday: Lots of clouds, some sun, breezy and milder. Highs 60-65.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 60-64.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65-70.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.

You can follow David’s weather updates on Twitter at @growingwisdom.

David Epstein Twitter Meteorologist
David Epstein is WBUR's meteorologist.

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