There are beautiful winter days and then there are days when it feels more like spring than winter. Today was one of those days when the 50’s came back to southern New England. While we will cool off very efficiently tonight with clear skies and very light winds, our overnight lows will actually be mild. We usually fall in the mid 20’s at this time of year. We’re all going to be sticking to the 30s tonight.
If you liked today’s spring preview, then you’ll love tomorrow. We’ll do it again. Temperatures may actually be a degree or two warmer than today. I think we’ll have more clouds tomorrow than today, but hey, let’s not complain about 50’s in December! However, winter sports enthusiasts probably want something other than this warm period.
It’s hard to believe that less than a week ago we had temperatures that were in the teens for most of us! Boston managed to hit 20C on Christmas Eve, but most cities didn’t make it. Worcester’s high last Saturday was just 14 degrees! What a rest we had in the last few days! The mild air will accompany us through the weekend, but the rain is also returning.
While we’re tracking rain, it’s not a total bummer to enjoy these balmy temperatures this weekend. That means you might have to choose your time outdoors, but you’ll be able to find dry hours. Saturday morning looks dry. A few scattered showers will pass through Saturday afternoon, but they will be patchy so not a widespread rain shield. Most of the rain will arrive on Saturday evening (20:00) and will continue overnight into Sunday morning. While Sunday morning is wet, the afternoon will be dry and we will even end Sunday with a bit of sunshine. The only catch on a Sunday afternoon is that the breeze picks up.
Of course, this isn’t the best weekend for overnight rain when many of us will be out overnight to ring in the New Year. So the bad news for your New Year’s forecast is that it looks wet. The good news is that it looks mild. Temperatures will be close to 50° at midnight.
And the warm air that heralds the year 2023 will accompany us around the first week of January. While there are some ups and downs, even our lows are well above average over the next 7 days.
With the mild start to January, I’ve been thinking about how many 50+ degree days we typically see in January. It’s entirely possible that we’ll hit 50° every day in the 7-day forecast (admittedly, 2 is still December – so the first 5 days of January). On average we have four days with 50+ degrees in Boston in January. So it’s possible we’ll get that in the first few days of the month. Most we’ve ever seen was 15 (!) in 1913.
https://whdh.com/weather-blog/warm-end-to-2022/ Warm End to 2022 – Boston News, Weather, Sports