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    Freeze warning issued for tonight; cool weekend ahead

    It’s a nice, crisp day to be outside, but gardeners may want to take measures to protect plants against freezing temperatures tonight.

    The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for Massachusetts that will start at midnight and last until 8 a.m. Saturday.

    “This is going to be more like a fall night than a spring night,” said meteorologist Alan Dunham.


    The freezing temperatures can kill crops and other vegetation. The weather service advises people to harvest or protect vegetation and, if possible, bring potted plants inside.

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    In several areas, Dunham said, it may be a recordbreaker for the lowest overnight temperatures.

    Until then, though, it should be a nice day. Once early morning clouds clear out, skies will be almost 100 percent clear and are expected to generally stay that way until next week.

    Thanks to a high pressure system in the area, temperatures in Massachusetts today will be in the mid-to upper 50s, but it will be windy, with gusts kicking up to 40 miles per hour.

    On Saturday and Sunday, highs will be in the upper 50s. Both days will be breezy; winds will reach 15 and 20 miles per hour, respectively. Some clouds may sweep through the area Saturday night but skies will clear again by Sunday morning.


    Highs next week are expected to be in the 60s. On Thursday, highs may hit 70 degrees.

    Alli Knothe can be reached at