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Boston hits 73 degrees, sets another record for warmth

Three-year-old Dennis Flores went for a dip in the water at Memorial Beach in the Mystic River Reservation in Winchester on Monday, the last official day of winter.

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

Three-year-old Dennis Flores went for a dip in the water at Memorial Beach in the Mystic River Reservation in Winchester on Monday, the last official day of winter.

Tuck away that winter coat because the temperature will continue to rise this week into record highs, according to the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University and the National Weather Service.

Iragi Nkera went in for a layup against Quentin Harris  during a lively game of basketball at Dugger Park in Medford.

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff.

Iragi Nkera went in for a layup against Quentin Harris during a lively game of basketball at Dugger Park in Medford.

Sunday was a record setter for Boston — the third this month — when temperatures rose to 72 degrees. Today will also be added to the record books, with a high of 73 degrees as of 12:25 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

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The previous record for March 18 was 70 degrees, set in 1999, and the record for March 19 is 72 degrees, set 109 years ago. The weather service’s archives date back to 1872.

The normal temperature in Boston for this week is about 46 degrees.

Springfield is expected to hit 80 degrees today, while Worcester and Fitchburg will be in the mid-70s.

There is a slight chance of rain overnight, especially in the western parts of the state.

Tuesday will be in the mid-70s in Western Massachusetts, decreasing to the low-70s to upper 60s on the coast.

Wednesday is expected to heat up again to the upper 70s for most of the state. The high for Boston is expected to be 77 degrees, not too far from the record set in 1921 of 83 degrees.

Thursday is a good day to hit to the beach, since highs are expected to hit almost 90 degrees in Boston. The rest of the state will be in the lower 80s, with the exception of some areas along the coast, which will be in the upper 70s.

The highest temperature ever recorded by the regional climate office for Boston in the month of March was 89 degrees, set on March 31, 1998 — almost 40 degrees above the normal temperature for that day.

There is a chance of a light shower overnight but skies will be clear by Friday morning.

Friday will be much more mild, with highs in the 60s across the state. Saturday and Sunday will be almost normal temperatures in the upper-40s to low 50s. There is a chance of rain throughout the weekend.

The regional climate office reported that in Boston, six is the record number of days above 70 degrees in March, set in both 1945 and 1946. The data reaches back to 1936. This week alone, Boston is expected to have four record-setting days on top of the two recorded earlier this month.

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