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The Boston Globe


One last welcome blast of summer

Summer ends officially on the September equinox, in 10 days time. But the idea of summer, in New England at least, can start to disappear before that, as school returns along with football and pumpkin beer, and a few cold nights remind you that it is only going to get colder.

Labor Day is one unofficial end to the summer. The last great beach day is another, though it is rarely so unmistakable as what arrived Wednesday, when temperatures soared into the 90s a week-and-a-half into September, like nothing that has come before it for weeks and nothing that is forecast to follow it for the next eight or so months.

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