It’s only been 21 days since Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow that declared six more weeks of winter, and it looks like we’re getting a glimpse of spring earlier than anticipated, at least by Phil’s standards.
If you enjoyed Wednesday’s unseasonably warm weather (most areas were at least 10 to 15 degrees warmer than normal), Thursday’s high temperatures are expected to approach 20 to 25 degrees above normal.
With a southwesterly flow, the warmth that the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. area saw Wednesday will filter in this afternoon, meaning we’ll likely see highs into the 60s, especially into southern New England. Northern New England will likely stretch into the 40s and 50s under a mix of sun and clouds.
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In Boston, the temperature reached 66 degrees as of 12:30 p.m., beating the record high of 65 degrees. Manchester, New Hampshire also set a record at 66, Providence, Rhode Island at 66, and Burlington, Vermont at 61. Many of these records were set in 1990.
A weak cold front slides through later in the day, so there could be a few more clouds in farther northern New England ahead of this front. Plus, a few spotty showers in far northern New England are also possible Thursday evening.
This weak cold front will drop temperatures slightly for Friday, with highs still remaining above normal, but cooler than Thursday. Highs expected into the upper 50s south, 40s north under mostly cloudy skies and a few showers expected by mid-afternoon ahead of a warm front.
For the first half of the weekend, temperatures spike again into the lower 60s Saturday as a warm front slides northward into New England ahead of a potent cold front late. This set-up will bring clouds and some spotty daytime showers.
A steadier band of downpours (along the potent cold front that will spawn some severe storms in the Midwest Friday), moves in from west to east by mid-afternoon and lasting into the evening. A few of these downpours could produce some rumbles of thunder.
After the cold front moves out, a few of the showers could change over to a mix to flurries in northwestern New England. Temperatures will settle back into the 40s south, upper 30s north for the second half of the weekend and into next week.