Posted by Pete Bouchard
Fantastic day...with a mighty clash of the seasons. Spring ruled the first 3/4 of the day with temps soaring to the low 60s in many spots from Marshfield to Marlboro and up through the Merrimack Valley to Newburyport. Boston hit 61° this afternoon before plunging into the upper 40s after a cold frontal passage. Thunderstorms hammered a few towns as the front came through and even some small hail was reported around Oxford, Bellingham and Hingham (briefly)!
Trying to get the warmth back in the coming days is a fool's errand. A mass of cold air is bearing down on us with a gusty wind. Tomorrow has a bit of a winter tinge to it with wind chills in the 20s/30s and highs not to far off that mark. Worcester will hover in the mid 30s by afternoon and Boston should just make 40 or 41! You've been warned.
We're in the cellar with the temperatures through Wednesday before a recover by the end of the week. Certainly won't be seeing any 60s soon, but I have a feeling they'll be back with friends (like 70s & 80s) pretty soon.
Studying the climate data over the last decade, I've noticed that either side of Patriots' Day/Marathon Monday we seem to hit a warm spell. Some years, it's a one-day stand. Others, it's two or more. This year doesn't seem to disappoint: the long range maps are showing the possibility of toasty temps by the beginning of next week. We'll see how it unfolds.