Saturday marked a third consecutive day of record-breaking temperatures in Boston, as unseasonably warm weather that began last week continued.
But temperatures are expected to drop overnight, bringing weather that will feel more like late winter back to the area.
Greater Boston residents awoke Saturday to sunny skies and temperatures in the high 50s, which continued into the late morning and early afternoon, hitting 69 degrees and shattering the 1930 record of 65 degrees, National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham said.
Worcester edged out its 1976 record of 64 degrees by just a single digit, with temperatures reaching 65 degrees, he said.
Saturday’s record follows two days of record-breaking warm weather, with highs reaching 65 degrees on Thursday and 73 on Friday.
Hartford tied its record of 65 degrees, the weather service said in a statement, while Providence’s high Saturday temperatures fell below the record.
But New England hasn’t seen the last of winter yet. Temperatures are expected to steadily drop as the day goes on and rain moves in just after 7 p.m., eventually reaching a low of 37 degrees early Sunday morning. Windchills are expected to drop to 29 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
On Sunday, meteorologists predict that temperatures will reach highs in the mid-40s, with Monday’s temperatures returning to the mid-50s in the afternoon.
Temperatures will hover in the 40s and 50s throughout the middle of the week with rain showers likely to hit Boston on Wednesday.
By the start of the weekend, the winter chill will be back. Friday night into Saturday will see temperatures in the 20s and low 30s, according to the National Weather Service forecast.
“People should really enjoy the weather, because it’s going to be a lot colder next weekend,” Dunham said. “It’s only the end of February. People forget that we’ve had good-sized snowstorms in March.”
And even later, he noted, referencing the 1997 “April Fool’s” snowstorm that brought more than two feet to the Boston area as it blanketed the East Coast.
“How could anybody who’s been here for a long time forget our April Fool’s snowstorm?”