Winter ranks as fifth warmest in Boston’s history

(Lane Turner/Globe Staff)

This meteorological winter was the fifth warmest in Boston’s history, with an average temperature of just over 35 degrees, the National Weather Service said Tuesday.

A meteorological winter is defined as December, January, and February, said Lenore Correia of the Weather Service.

“We take the temperatures of all the days and average them,” Correia said. “That way we see how one winter compares to another. We have records all the way back to 1873.”

Four of the five warmest Boston winters have happened since 2000, she said. The warmest was the winter of 2001-2002, with an average temperature of nearly 38 degrees.


The second warmest was the winter of 2015-2016, with an average of 37.5 degrees. Third place was the winter of 2011-2012, with an average of 37.1 degrees. The fourth warmest winter was 1932-1933, with an average of 36.6 degrees.

While the winter here was warm, the western half of the country has experienced below average temperatures, she said.

“That’s just how weather works,” she said.

Andrew Grant can be reached at andrew.grant@globe.com.