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A cold Christmas, but milder weather is on the way

New Englanders are waking up today to freshly wrapped presents, and blisteringly cold temperatures. Much of the state will have felt as though it was as cold as 8 degrees. Just north of Boston, morning temperatures felt like 0 degrees. And in southern Vermont, temperatures felt as cold as minus 20 degrees.

Arctic air remains in the region today, but will erode Thursday as a weak low pressure system brings rain, and perhaps some snow, to New England. Conditions will become somewhat milder this weekend, with rain possible Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service.

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“The wind chill this morning is down in the single digits, but the winds are going to be dropping during the day,” said Eleanor Vallier-Talbot, weather service meteorologist. “By about midday, wind chills will be in the teens.”

Temperatures will crest around 21 degrees today, and a north wind will gust around 14 miles per hour. The mixture of cold temperatures and blustery winds will make the air feel a few degrees colder. A band of clouds and snow showers generated off the ocean will bring some light accumulation to the outer Cape in the early afternoon, according to the weather service. Clouds will increase through the day, but no precipitation is likely outside of Cape Cod. Temperatures are expected to drop into the teens overnight.

Thursday will see a chance of rain and snow before 1 p.m., then rain is likely through the afternoon. Skies will be cloudy and temperatures will settle near 40. A south wind will gust around 10 miles per hour. Snow showers could return in the early evening, though little or no accumulation is expected. Temperatures will drop into the mid-20s overnight, according to the weather service.

Friday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 35. A strong west wind will gust near 21 miles per hour, making temperatures feel even colder. Conditions will remain clear overnight and temperatures will drop into the low 20s.

Saturday will be mostly sunny, with temperatures near 40. Clouds will enter the region overnight and temperatures will drop to around 30, according to the weather service.

Sunday’s weather won’t change much, with partly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-40s. Clouds will enter the region overnight, and a few rain showers are likely. Temperatures will fall into the 20s overnight.

“Sunday night into Monday the rain will brush the south coast, with temperatures up in the mid-40s,” Vallier-Talbot said. “It looks like the rain is going to miss Boston. And then temperatures drop into early next week.”

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

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