The mercury at Logan International Airport climbed to 68 degrees just before 1 p.m. today, beating the record for the day, according to the website of the Taunton office of the National Weather Service.
The record for the warmest March 8 was set in 1995, at 67 degrees, said meteorologist Eleanor Vallier-Talbot. Records have been kept in Boston since 1872.
Forecasters say the only hitch in this beautiful day will be the wind. The warm temperatures were caused by a high pressure system off the coast, pulling warm temperatures from the south. Normal high temperatures for this week are about 43 degrees.
This afternoon, when that system shifts to the east, a cold front from the Great Lakes will move in, bringing some clouds, strong winds, and light rain showers. The rain will taper off by Friday morning.
A wind advisory is in place across Southern New England, said Vallier-Talbot, so it may not be the best day for the beach. Winds will be 15-25 miles per hour and may lead to some downed power lines, tipped-over garbage cans, and broken umbrellas. Gusts could reach 45 to 50 miles per hour this mid- to late afternoon and into the evening but will start dropping off after that, she said.
Temperatures will be closer to normal Friday, with highs in the mid-40s in Massachusetts. Friday night lows will be below freezing.
The mercury will drop a little more on Saturday to about 40 degrees. Sunday will heat back up to the mid-50s. It will be sunny throughout the weekend.
So far, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are looking good. Highs are forecasted to be in the mid- to upper 50s. There's a chance of rain showers on Monday and Tuesday, but Wednesday should be clear.
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