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A respite from winter temperatures this week

Today’s sunny skies are just the beginning.

The region is in for above-normal temperatures through the end of the week, a departure from the cold and snowy conditions of the past two weeks.

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“Normally, we’re looking at temperatures that are in the mid-30s, but we’re looking at temperatures that are 5 to 15 degrees above normal all week,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Charlie Foley.

Today will be sunny and cool, with highs reaching the low 50s this afternoon. It will become breezy as temperatures drop into the low 40s, with some very light rain possible this evening.

Some light rain showers could reappear Tuesday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., bringing patchy fog in the afternoon. The heaviest showers will fall over the outer Cape and islands, bringing up to an inch of total rainfall there by the evening.

Cloudy skies will help maintain warmer temperatures Tuesday, with highs reaching again into the mid-50s.

Wednesday will be partly sunny with highs near 49 and a slight chance of drizzly rainfall before noon.

Similar conditions are expected Thursday, with some rain showers possible before 11 a.m.

“To put it in perspective, we had an inch to an inch and a half on Saturday, and Thursday we would get half of that or even less,” said Foley.

The rest of Thursday will be partly sunny with highs in the cooler upper 30s. Temperatures will sink into the upper 20s overnight as clouds start leaving the region.

Friday will be sunny and dry for most of the day, with a high near 43 degrees in the afternoon. Temperatures are expected drop into the upper 2os overnight, bringing the slight possibility of snow in some areas.

“Areas with higher terrain might be seeing some inconsequential snowfall, but not anything plowable,” Foley said.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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