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After summer-like heat, temperatures are expected to fall into the 50s on Saturday in Massachusetts

The Boston Common, shown May 9, 2023, seemed like the right place to relax on a spring day.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

A cold wind is coming.

After a two-day hot spell that ended with heavy showers and thunderstorms Friday night across Massachusetts, temperatures began to drop as forecasters with the National Weather Service predict “unseasonably cool weather” this weekend with gusty winds and more periods of rain.

The temperature peaked at 89 degrees in Worcester on Friday, matching records set in 1892 and 1895 for the second day of June, while it was a bit cooler toward the coast with Logan International Airport in Boston logging a high of 83 degrees, according to Kyle Pederson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.


The storms that followed dropped an estimated 2 to 3 inches of rain in some areas northwest of Boston, where flash flood warnings were in effect Friday night. The Chelmsford area also saw dime-sized hail fall for a period in the late afternoon, Pederson said.

Forecasters said it will be the “last hot day for quite some time” as a “strong backdoor cold front” moves into the region overnight Friday and temperatures will plunge into the 50s on Saturday. Periods of rain will accompany the cooler temperatures, with the highest chance of showers coming Sunday afternoon and evening, the weather service said.

“It will be an unseasonably cool day,” forecasters wrote. “Highs will not get out of the 50s” in eastern New England.

The weekend will also see increasing winds with gusts reaching 30 mph in eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, which “will make it feel even cooler,” forecasters wrote.

Cool conditions are expected to persist into next week, forecasters wrote.

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