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Boston hit a record-breaking low temperature for July 3

Early morning rain on Beacon Hill. Record cold temperatures are possible on Saturday, forecasters say, along with scattered showers and embedded downpours.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

Out of the frying pan and into the ... freezer?

Just days after Boston hit a record 100 degrees, the city set a new record low high temperature for July 3, according to the National Weather Service.

The high in Boston Saturday was 60 degrees, inching past the previous low of 61 degrees recorded on this date in 1914.

On that same date -- July 3, 1914 - Worcester also hit a new low temperature of 61 degrees. That record was shattered Saturday when the high temperature was 57, according to the National Weather Service.

The temperature recordings are preliminary, until the day’s temperatures are officially logged at midnight, said Torry Gaucher, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Norton.


Hartford and Providence barely missed beating the record for the coolest high temps for the date, with both cities recording 62 degrees Saturday. The record for Hartford was 61 degrees and the record in Providence was 60 degrees. Those records were set in 1914, as well.

“It must’ve been a really cold day on July 3, 1914 across New England,” Gaucher said.

Temperatures will fall again into the mid-50s Saturday night, but on Sunday the temperatures will warm up to the upper 60s to mid-70s, with the potential for rain throughout the day, the forecasters said. Temps are expected to rise throughout the week, hitting the upper 80s by Wednesday, with the MetroWest area going up into the 90s, Gaucher said.

Oh, and don’t forget the rain. The forecasters said scattered showers and embedded downpours will continue through Sunday morning, but the weather will improve late Sunday. The forecast calls for sunshine Monday, and hot and humid weather Tuesday.

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