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Warm reception for spring-like day

In Wakefield, runners, dog owners, and others flocked to the walking path around Lake Quannapowitt on Saturday.

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In Wakefield, runners, dog owners, and others flocked to the walking path around Lake Quannapowitt on Saturday.

Amy Roberts and her daughter Ali, 12, did some bird-watching at the Arnold Arboretum.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Amy Roberts and her daughter Ali, 12, did some bird-watching at the Arnold Arboretum.

Because the weather was relatively warm Saturday, and because it will not stay that way, Adam O’Donnell of the North End took his son and daughter on a little tour.

“We decided, since the weather was good, we would go to our favorite playgrounds, which we haven’t had a chance to go to all winter,” O’Donnell said.

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They began at a playground in East Boston, near the Airport MBTA stop. Then they paused on their way to a playground on the Esplanade, where Aoife, 5, and Riordan, who will be 7 in two weeks, watched a group of ducks splashing in a small section of the Storrow Lagoon, where the ice had melted.

“We are also trying to figure out why, depending on which way the duck is looking, its head is a different color,” O’Donnell said, as a mallard with a blue-green head stared in his children’s direction. “The ducks are nicer than the geese.”

Massachusetts got a good dose of spring-like weather Saturday, with a high of 55 degrees in Boston and 59 degrees in Taunton, the highest temperature the National Weather Service measured in the state.

Lindsay Hopkins-Weld and her dog, Harpo, walked along a Manchester-by-the-Sea beach.

John Blanding/Globe Staff

Lindsay Hopkins-Weld and her dog, Harpo, walked along a Manchester-by-the-Sea beach.

But spring has not arrived in earnest yet.

On Sunday, temperatures were expected to dip back into the 30s, with a few flurries falling in Boston and on the South Coast around the time clocks spring forward for daylight saving time at 2 a.m., said Bill Simpson, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

The rest of Sunday will be sunny, with a light breeze and highs in the mid-30s.

More snow could come Sunday night and extend into the Monday morning commute, but little, if any, will stick, Simpson said. Clouds and highs near 40 could follow, with rain or snow coming before midnight.

Warmer more spring-like conditions could reappear briefly Tuesday, with partly sunny skies and a high of 48. But winter weather could make another comeback Wednesday and Thursday with temperatures falling into the 30s and snow or rain expected, he said.

“There are the ingredients there; they all have to sync offshore,” he said. “Could be rain, could be snow.”

For now, it looks like next weekend will be slightly warmer than average with temperatures in the high 40s expected for the St. Patrick’s Day parade Sunday, Simpson said. But parade-goers will have to wait and see whether they will be watching the marchers in the rain.

“Looks like there could be some showers – again, this is really early,” Simpson said.

On Saturday, while the weather was still warm and dry, Fernando Ponce, 82, said he decided to take a walk. Since he was diagnosed with meningitis last year, he said, he has to stay active.

He had walked about five blocks from the Hale House on Clarendon Street, an elderly residential care facility in the Back Bay, admiring the cheerful-looking dogs and children around him. Then he sat on a bench on Commonwealth Avenue.

“I have to train myself to walk and walk. When the weather is so ugly, you cannot go out, you cannot move, and you regress, regress. So it’s good to come out here, good to see little kids,” Ponce said.

On an Esplanade dock, TJ Taormina , a morning show host on 103.3 AMP Radio from Cambridge, and his wife, Jessica Latshaw, tried to get their 10-month-old black Labrador retriever Luna to pose for photos against the partially frozen Charles River. In the distance, near the Harvard Bridge, there were a few sailboats in the water.

They usually take Luna to a day-care center for dogs on Saturdays, but no other owners had brought their dogs in on Saturday.

“I think that’s indicative,” Latshaw said.

So, they took the opportunity to spend time on the Esplanade.

“We’re just walking around, trying to get a little exercise,” Taormina said. “I’ve been sitting still for about a week.”

“This day is very welcome,” Latshaw said. “It’s been a long winter.”

Gal Tziperman Lotan can be reached at gal.lotan@globe.com.
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