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Sunny day in Boston provides perfect voting weather

Sun will dominate the skies in Boston today, and although temperatures will be frigid, it should be no real chore to venture out to the polls to pick the city’s next mayor.

“The normal high for now is 55 for Boston, and with the upper 40s today, we will be slightly cooler than normal,” said William Babcock, weather service meteorologist. “The good thing is the winds will be light, so there are no excuses not to vote.”

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A high pressure system continues to bring chilly temperatures to New England today, but it will drift offshore by Wednesday, bringing progressively warmer temperatures through Thursday. Colder conditions will return Friday and last through the weekend, but skies should remain clear and dry for most of the week.

Today will be sunny, with the daytime high about 10 degrees below normal, near 48. Morning temperatures dipped into the 20s in many communities in the morning, and temperatures won’t significantly warm this afternoon. Skies should remain clear all day, and a few clouds will develop overnight. Temperatures will fall to around 40 overnight, according to the weather service.

Wednesday will see warmer temperatures, with the daytime high reaching into the mid-50s. Skies will be mostly sunny, but some clouds will develop. A southwest wind will bring gusts up to 11 miles per hour, moderating temperatures a couple degrees, according to the weather service. The dry spell will break overnight, and showers will pop up. These showers will bring some much needed rain to the region, as Boston only saw 0.61 inches of rain for all of October, amounting to a rain deficit of more than 3.3 inches, Babcock said.

Sporadic showers are likely through Thursday, and are most likely in the early afternoon. Temperatures will reach into the mid-60s and skies will be mostly cloudy. A southwest wind will bring gusts up to 16 miles per hour, according to the weather service. Showers could continue overnight, and temperatures will fall to around 40.

Friday will be mostly sunny, and a cooler airmass will enter the region and chill temperatures. Temperatures will crest at around 48, according to the weather service. Skies will remain clear all day into the evening, and temperatures will fall into the low 30s once the sun sets.

The weekend will be chilly but relatively pleasant. Saturday and Sunday should both be partly sunny, with temperatures hovering in the upper 40s. Saturday should be dry, but light showers are possible Sunday.

“We will start dropping to well below normal temperatures late in the week and into the weekend,” Babcock said. “Things are changing every three or four days or so, and this pattern will continue for the foreseeable future.”

Jasper Craven can be reached at jasper.craven@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jasper_Craven
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