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Feeling hot, hot, hot: Temperature soars to 73 in Boston, breaking a record

Robyn Wessman, 12, of Belmont, scooped up melting ice water at the Boston Common’s Frog Pond on Friday.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff/Globe staff

You call this February? The temperature in Boston reached 73 degrees Friday afternoon — the highest ever recorded in February in the city, the National Weather Service said.

The temperature in Boston peaked at 2:17 p.m.

It was the second day in a row of record-breaking temperatures following Thursday’s high of 68 degrees. Friday’s temperature tied for the second-warmest winter temperature ever recorded in the city.

Just after 2 p.m., the national Weather Service announced that temperatures in Hartford (72 degrees), Providence (71 degrees), and Worcester (69 degrees) all tied for the third-warmest ever observed during winter in those cities.

The warm weather is expected to hold through Saturday, when temperatures are forecast to be in the 60s, National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham said.


But don’t put away your winter coat just yet. Temperatures are expected to become more Boston-like and drift back into the 40s on Sunday with an incoming cold front.

Dunham said the region could still see significant storms in March.

So soak up the spring-like February sun while you can.

Maddie Kilgannon can be reached at maddie.kilgannon @globe.com.