Summer made a fleeting comeback this weekend, giving Boston a record-breaking 86 degrees Sunday, but it may have been the season’s last bout of hot weather as temperatures drop this week, according to the National Weather Service.
“Enjoy it,” advised meteorologist Bill Simpson on Sunday.
And Bostonians did, flocking outdoors to savor the remnants of summer.
“It’s just so beautiful we couldn’t stay inside,” said Shelley Harper, 42, of South Boston, who brought her two children and two neighbors to Dorothy Curran Playground in Joe Moakley Park. “You’ve got to get out on these days before the cold sets in. I’ve been hearing it’s supposed to be a bad winter.”
One of her neighbors, Lilianis Rodriguez-Rivera, 8, sprang off of a swing, her shoes nowhere in sight. Indeed, shoes were the exception for the day, not the rule.
“I love to ride my bike when it’s like this,” she said.
Pickup soccer and Frisbee players shared the field at Saunders Stadium, while a group of basketball players took a break in the shade of some trees near the courts.
Chandra Henley, 41, brought her two sons and a small charcoal grill to the park.
“I didn’t expect it to be this warm. But I’m not complaining,” she said, adding they were enjoying it while they could. “In a minute we’re going to have to be back inside.”
But Francesca Bartholomew, 25, of Dorchester, who was stretched out on the sand on Carson Beach, said she was not surprised.
“This is Boston,” she said. “We get days like this in November.”
People in bikinis and swim trunks soaked up the rays, below a line of trees whose leaves had already turned yellow.
Bartholomew’s friend, Kate Gwilt, 23, who just moved to Somerville from upstate New York, said she was thankful.
“Once it gets cold in New York, it’s over,” she said. “Now I get to get a tan.”
Temperatures are expected to dip into the mid-70s Monday, still warm, but a cold front is expected to come through Tuesday and Wednesday and will bring back a more typical autumn chill, with temperatures dropping into the mid-50s.
“It will start cooling off midweek after this unseasonably warm weekend,” Simpson said.
He said there is a slight chance of rain Tuesday, but otherwise no precipitation in sight.
Last year, in early September, Boston hit 97 degrees. But the record for Sept. 28 was 83 degrees, set back in 1959.
The warm weather was “a treat for the last week in September,” Simpson said.