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Boston, other cities break temperature records

People enjoyed the Broad Canal Walk in Cambridge on a day of gorgeous spring-like weather Thursday.
People enjoyed the Broad Canal Walk in Cambridge on a day of gorgeous spring-like weather Thursday.Lane Turner/Globe Staff

The first day of spring is more than a week away, but Southern New England saw a tantalizing tease of warmer days ahead Thursday, as temperature records were broken in Boston, Worcester, and Providence.

Temperatures in Boston rose to 74 degrees, beating the previous record of 67 set in 1990. In Worcester, it was 70, breaking the previous record of 66 set in 1977. And in Providence it was 72, breaking the record of 71 set in 1990, the National Weather Service said.

Temperatures are supposed to reach the mid-50s to lower 60s on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, the highs are expected to be in the 40s again.

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Things could be much worse. The weather service pointed out in a tweet that the Great Blizzard of 1888, a storm from March 11 to March 14, killed over 400 people in the Northeast, including 200 in New York City. It dropped 40 inches of snow in North Adams, and 58 inches in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Johan Lopez talked with his sister, Sophia, while having coffee outside the Thinking Cup on Newbury Street in Boston on Thursday.
Johan Lopez talked with his sister, Sophia, while having coffee outside the Thinking Cup on Newbury Street in Boston on Thursday.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff
Mina Nakagawa laughed as her ten-month-old daughter, Emma, crawled away from her on the blanket she spread out on the Cambridge Common so that the two of them could take in the sunshine on a warm day.
Mina Nakagawa laughed as her ten-month-old daughter, Emma, crawled away from her on the blanket she spread out on the Cambridge Common so that the two of them could take in the sunshine on a warm day. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
A woman was framed by a window at the Edward J. McCormack Bath House at Carson Beach in Boston on Thursday.
A woman was framed by a window at the Edward J. McCormack Bath House at Carson Beach in Boston on Thursday.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff



Martin Finucane can be reached at martin.finucane@globe.com.