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New England bathed in sunshine and recordbreaking warmth Thursday, with records falling by early afternoon in Boston, Providence, and Worcester.

The mercury in Boston climbed to 66 shortly after 12:30 p.m., beating the old record of 65, set in 1990. The temperature eventually climbed two more degrees for a high of 68.

Shortly before noon, the temperature in Providence also hit 66, breaking the old record of 60, set in 1990. The temperature in Worcester hit 61, tying the record for the day, also set in 1990.

A high of about 63 or 64 degrees was expected in Boston, with the temperature dropping to the mid-40s tonight, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Simpson.


At about noon, Boston was edging toward its record high for the day, 65 degrees, set in 1990. The normal temperature is about 40 degrees.

The warm weather is causing the snow to disappear. The lack of snow is evident all across the upper Midwest and even now here in Southern New England.

Folks who usually would be able to use snowshoes and cross-country skies can’t find any powder at all. The only bright spot for snow fans is in Northern New England, especially Maine, where snow has been abundant this winter.

Globe Correspondent Dave Epstein contributed to this report. Aimee Ortiz can be reached at aimee.ortiz@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @aimee_ortiz.