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Forecast: Chilly Morning Today, But A Moderating Trend In Temps Comes Soon

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Yesterday was a cold day, but the wind wasn't too strong so the wind chills were certainly not as bad as the end of last week.

Temperatures are in the teens this morning, and this is likely the coldest morning through Christmas.   Highs are actually going to be trending above average later this week. The typical highs this time of year would be in the upper 30s.

Temperatures today will be in the lower 30s with those of you on Cape Cod, seeing temperatures in the mid- to upper 30s.

Tomorrow is the winter solstice. It arrives at 5:44 in the morning. This is the day with the least amount of daylight in the northern hemisphere. It's not, however, the day with the earliest sunset or the latest sunrise. The former occurred back on Dec. 8 and the latter won't occur until the final days of the year. The reason has to do with the shape of the Earth and our elliptical orbit.

In addition to the warming trend, I only see one day with even a chance of precipitation. A weak front will push through on Thursday, bringing the chance for a few rain or snow showers. These definitely will not be a big deal nor will they provide the precipitation we need.

In terms of snow, I am not seeing any reliable chance of major snow the rest of the year. Although there are still 11 days left in the year, the pattern is such that it's very unlikely there will be any snowstorms before 2017. Winter sports enthusiasts, you'll have to be patient.

You can follow my weather updates on Twitter at @growingwisdom.


Tuesday: Lots of sunshine. Highs in the low to mid-30s.

Tuesday Night: Partially clear and cold. Lows 21-26.

Wednesday: Sunshine. Highs in the lower 40s.

Thursday: A few showers that may begin as mixed precipitation. Highs in the lower 40s.

Friday: Mostly sunny and seasonable. Highs around 42.

Saturday: Partly sunny. Highs 40-45.

Sunday (Christmas Day): Partly to mostly sunny. Highs 41-47.

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

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