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Forecast calls for sunny, warm day; Thursday temperature could climb close to record

It’s going to be a warm, sunny day in Massachusetts and Thursday will be even better, as temperatures climb near record levels.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-50s today. Wind may be a factor, though, with gusts of up to 20 or 30 miles per hour possible in eastern portions of the state.

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Overnight will be warm too, with a low of about 40 in Boston, much more mild than the freezing overnight temperatures earlier this week, said meteorologist Charlie Foley.

Temperatures Thursday are expected to be in the low 60s. The record temperature for March 8 is 67 degrees, set in 1995, but Thursday’s temperatures will hinge on the amount of sunshine, said Foley. The weather service records for Boston date back to 1872.

“High pressure is off the mid-Atlantic coast so the back side of this high pressure is drawing very mild air from the south,” he said.

However, Foley said, the warm weather won’t last. On Thursday afternoon, the system will pass through the area, and in its wake will be cooler Canadian air, leading to some light rain in the region and colder temperatures on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, temperatures will drop to the upper 40s, still above the normal temperature for the week, which is around 42 degrees.

Saturday will be about normal. Boston will see mostly sunny skies with a high of 41 degrees. The rest of the state will be about the same temperature, give or take a few degrees. Sunday, however, will heat up again with highs around 50 degrees.

The warm streak is forecasted to continue Monday and Tuesday with temperatures in the low 50s. However, there may be some scattered rain showers spanning from Monday morning until Tuesday night.

“That just continues the above-normal temperatures that we’ve seen since November,” said Foley.

Alli Knothe can be reached at aknothe@globe.com.
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