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Tuesday afternoon turned out to be absolutely stunning. I would personally take that kind of weather three months of the year if we could have it.
Overnight, milder air worked into the region and now we are off to the races in terms of the heat. I wrote last week that it wouldn't surprise me if somewhere reached 90 degrees this week and I still think that is possible during the day tomorrow.
The last time we reached 90 degrees was on Aug. 22, 2017, and it was 91. Typically, we don't reach 90 for the first time until about June 8, though last year it was on May 17.
The lack of foliage this time of the year can actually help the temperatures to be even warmer than might occur with all the leaves on the trees. This is partially because the moisture the trees put out helps to keep the air from getting quite as hot.
You will also notice humidity tomorrow. Dew points, which measure moisture in the air, reach the 60s!
This won't be a heatwave, which is course of three days in a row of 90 degree temperatures. Interestingly, the earliest heatwave ever recorded in Boston was May 2-4, 2001, so clearly it can be warm these three days in a row in May.
There is a chance of thunderstorms Thursday, mostly north of the Massachusetts Turnpike. Friday continues the chance of showers along with some sun and warm readings.
The warmth won’t last beyond Friday as a cold front brings more seasonable air into the region this weekend. It will still be fantastic for spring outdoor activities.
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Wednesday: Sunny and very warm. Highs 81-86. 55-70 Cape Ann/Cape Cod.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy and warm for early May. Lows in the upper 50s to lower 60s.
Thursday: Sunny and very warm, noticeable humid. A shower or storm in the afternoon is possible. Highs 84-89. 70-78 Cape Ann/Cape Cod.
Friday: Clouds, some sun, a shower late, more humid. Highs nearing 80. Cooler Cape Cod/Cape Ann.
Saturday: Partly to mostly sunny. 71-76.
Sunday: Mostly sunny and pleasant. Highs in the mid to upper 60s.
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