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Summery heat marks end of work week

A man paused to check his phone along the Longfellow Bridge as he shielded himself from the sun Thursday.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

A man paused to check his phone along the Longfellow Bridge as he shielded himself from the sun Thursday.

One more hot day.

The National Weather Service said temperatures Friday will reach into the 80s in Greater Boston, a slight drop from the record-setting heat Thursday when many communities hit the mid-90s.

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“Temperatures [Friday] look to be cooler than yesterday by some 10 degrees or so but still on the warm side compared with normal for this time of year,’’ forecasters wrote.

In Boston, the record for heat on May 18 is now 95 degrees. The previous record of 91 degrees had been set in 1936.

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The hot weather generated turbulent thunderstorms Thursday night across Essex, Middlesex, Worcester, and Franklin counties, the weather service reported. Power went out as multiple trees and wires came down. There was a report of a tree hitting a house in Haverhill.

“Did anyone stay up for the lazer light show last night? We sure did,’’ forecasters wrote on social media. “Hope everyone is safe this morning. Overall, frequent lightning, torrential downpours for some, 40-50 mph gusts, and numerous storm reports.’’

Calmer conditions are expected for most of the state Friday, although there is a chance for spot showers, especially in the afternoon, in the Greater Boston area, forecasters wrote. Thunderstorms are possible on the South Shore and out onto Cape Cod, forecasters caution.

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Things change starting Friday when a new weather front arrives, pushing temperatures overnight into the 40s and 50s, and setting the stage for a genial weekend, weather-wise.

Weekend temperatures will be in the 60s, and skies will be mostly sunny, forecasters wrote.

John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.
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