It wasn’t the warmest New Year’s Day on record, but it was certainly in the top five. Officially, in Boston, the mercury climbed to 59 degrees. The warmest Jan. 1 on record was WAY back in 1876.
In 1876, the high temperature was 70 degrees! Second place features a tie between 1973 and 1966 with a high temperature of 61. The fourth spot was 60 degrees back in 1885. And 2019 is officially tied for the fifth warmest at 59 degrees. The other years that Boston hit 59 degrees on New Year’s Day: 1946 and 1919.
Overnight, temperatures will cool back into the 10s and 20s. Wednesday will be cold and sunny with high temperatures (close to average) in the low 30s.
Wednesday night, a weak system will move through the region. Precipitation will begin after midnight for most and it could fall in the form of snow (at least to start). Snowfall totals will be meager, around an inch, but there could be some icy spots for the Thursday morning commute.
Friday is sunny and warmer with high temperatures in the mid 40s. After a pleasant Friday, temperatures stay in the 40s for the weekend with another storm system moving into the region. It should be warm enough to support mainly rain.
It appears, colder and unsettled weather will kick off the first full week of 2019. There are chances for some snow between Monday and Wednesday, at this point, it’s too early to discuss any accumulations.